Democrats in New England have shown their support behind the departure of approximately 31,000 employees from the Stop & Shop grocery chain. The workers, who are part of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, went on strike Thursday after months of fruitless negotiations.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, brought donuts to the strikers at a store in Somerville, Massachusetts on Friday. "@StopandShop's workers deserve fair wages and good benefits, I'm behind them 100%, I stand in solidarity with @UFCW and the 31K workers who make their voices heard", she tweeted.
Several members of the Congress of Connecticut delegation also approved, including Democratic representatives Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney and Senator Richard Blumenthal.
According to the Ministry of Labor, walkout seems to be one of the most important in recent years, although its data tracking strikes do not include precise measures of the number of workers involved.
UFCW says Stop & Shop parent company, Dutch conglomerate Ahold Delhaiz, is proposing labor contract reductions that would "devastate health care benefits, dramatically increase health care costs and reduce wages." net". Among the changes, workers are asked to pay higher premiums for their health coverage and to reduce their pension benefits.
Stop & Shop says it "continues to provide excellent health care coverage" because "the share of premiums paid to health care by associates would remain well below the national average and increase by only 2 $ 00 to $ 4.00 per week ".
The walkout was brutal and surprised many customers for the chain, which is popular in New Jersey, New York and New England.
"Suddenly, they announced through the intercom:" Stop & Shop is now on strike. "They stated that all customers should drop off their items and leave the store," said customer David Coughlin at Brockton Enterprise.