As negotiators between the UFCW and Stop & Shop plan to meet this week, a local president is concerned about the Company’s “regressive proposals.”
MASSACHUSETTS—More than a month after their contract expired and even with a strike authorization in hand, as well as a rally held last Wednesday, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and New England’s most highly-unionized grocer Stop & Shop do not appear any closer to an agreement.
However, negotiations are set to resume this week, according to the Cap Cod Times:
Union negotiators and Stop & Shop supermarket company representatives expect to meet again Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after more than a week apart, following the end of a three-year contract Feb. 23.
“We’re still concerned about the regressive proposals,” United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 President Timothy Melia said Sunday by phone. Local 328 union workers are employed at 16 Shop & Shop supermarkets across the Cape and Islands, part of the five United Food and Commercial Workers union locals that represent over 31,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England.
“I’m not going to get into details,” Melia said of the specific points of debate between the two parties, but he said generally the issues are about health care, pensions and wages.
“Stop & Shop remains committed to good faith bargaining and to reaching fair new contracts as quickly as possible,” Stop & Shop stated on its website. “We look forward to new agreements that continue to recognize and reward the great work of our associates with competitive wages and benefits and that enable Stop & Shop to compete effectively in the rapidly changing, largely non-union New England grocery market.”