Striking grocery workers intercept delivery

  • Striking Stop & Shop workers stop a delivery truck on French King Highway, as it was slowing to turn into the back parking lot. STAFF PHOTO/MAX MARCUS

  • City Councilor Doug Mayo, second from left, has been on the picket line to support striking workers at Stop & Shop. STAFF PHOTO/MAX MARCUS

  • Striking workers line up to block a delivery truck from entering the parking lot. STAFF PHOTO/MAX MARCUS

Staff Writer
Published: 4/19/2019 11:18:08 PM
Modified: 4/19/2019 11:17:55 PM

GREENFIELD — Striking Stop & Shop workers had a standoff with a delivery truck early Friday afternoon, and ultimately convinced the driver to leave without making his delivery.

The Recorder was present just after noon when the truck pulled into the store’s front parking lot. Striking workers confronted the driver, who then turned back onto the French King Highway and tried to get to the rear parking lot, where deliveries are made.

Strikers followed the truck and stood in front of it to force the driver to pull over before he could reach the rear entrance. Dairy manager Bill Flynn went to the cab window to negotiate with the driver.

“He’s very reasonable,” Flynn said.

Strike organizers quickly found out the driver was not with a union. Union drivers have agreed to respect the Stop & Shop strike, and will not make deliveries, workers explained.

When workers prevent deliveries, it puts pressure on the food vendors, who in turn will urge Stop & Shop to resolve the strike sooner than later, said Melissa May, a representative from the Food and Commercial Workers Union 1459.

City Councilor Doug Mayo, who has vocally supported the strike, was there when the truck arrived. At one point he told the driver that City Council had voted to support the strike.

At 1:30 p.m. a police officer arrived. Union organizers, store managers and the officer negotiated, then at 2 the truck suddenly left.

Union workers were unsure whether the truck was leaving for good, or if it would circle back and try to make the delivery again. The store managers did not leave the loading docks.

By 5 p.m. the truck had not returned, Union Steward Ricky Butynski said; but workers had heard that another delivery was on its way.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ex 261.


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