Five local unions sign pact with Shop & Stop

  • Greenfield's Stop & Shop  STAFF PHOTO/JOSHUA SOLOMON

Staff Writer
Published: 5/1/2019 9:25:29 PM

GREENFIELD — The Stop & Strike has officially been put to bed.

The five local unions representing 31,000 employees across 240 stores in New England settled and signed their contract Wednesday evening, according to a spokeswoman for the supermarket chain.

“This has been a challenging period for everyone,” Stop & Shop President Mark McGowan said in a statement.

The employees returned to work April 22, but the labor dispute was not officially over until the contracts were ratified by the individual unions.

Workers at the supermarket went on strike for 11 days including over the Easter and Passover weekend. The Associated Press reported last week Stop & Shop lost $100 million in potential revenue from the strike.

The strike focused on health care, pensions and the rights of part-time workers.

In Greenfield the 120 unionized employees who went on strike were supported by some local and regional elected officials.

Congressman Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, backed the workers, along with state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru. Greenfield City Councilors Doug Mayo and Sheila Gilmour, who is running for mayor, spent time on the picket line.

Just over a hundred of the Greenfield employees are part-time employees. The union stewards are full-time workers, many of whom spent three or four decades of their career at the supermarket. They pushed for protection of their pensions and to bring back a culture of full-time employees who both cared about customer service and could make a career there with a livable wage.

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