A labor union issued a warning on a possible impasse in contract negotiations for more than 30,000 Stop & Shop workers it represents in New England, with the current contract slated to expire on Saturday.
The sides have been in negotiations since mid January, with the United Food & Commercial Workers stating on Thursday that Stop & Shop has failed to offer improved benefits for workers, a possible sticking point.
UFCW has begun an online ad campaign asking Stop & Shop “to do what is right for workers, customers and the community” in the union’s words. In a late-January update for members, UCFW characterized the company’s stance as “the same old doom and gloom that we heard three years ago” in negotiations for the current contract that reaches its sunset on Saturday.
A subsidiary of Aholde Delhaize, Stop & Shop is the largest supermarket chain operating in southwestern Connecticut, with more than 20 stores. In a corporate statement, Stop & Shop took the stance that any agreement “must reflect the rapid changes and increasing competition that are reshaping our industry” in its words.
Ahold Delhaize chose its Hartford area stores for renovations it will roll out across its footprint as it tries to make shopping easier and promote fresh, healthy foods.
“The first 20 stores are done in the Hartford, Conn. area, and the first feedback of customers is very positive,” said Aholde Delhaize CEO Frans Muller, speaking in November on a conference call. “In the Hartford area if you take a visit there, we have a very strong, fresh produce … proposition which will create a lot of traffic.
“We’ll upgrade and update our stores also, in center store, self-checkouts; and the whole experience or journey will improve a lot,” Muller added. “I think all those components together will give us extra share and extra growth for Stop & Shop, which has historically great locations and very good teams.”
Source: News Times