One week into the 31,000-member UFCW strike against Stop & Shop shows no signs of ending soon. Here is the latest:
- According to a union update earlier this week, although Stop & Shop and the union are meeting, along with federal mediators, the union reported “very minimal progress was made.”
- However, at least the two sides are still talking, as the strike enters its second week.
- Although there are only three main issues the company and unions are fighting over, they’re pretty expensive issues.
- One analyst says that the strike is costing Stop & Shop $2 million per week.
- Strikers still have another week of striking before they can collect union strike pay from the UFCW—and, at most, that will only be $100 per week.
- Former Vice President Joe Biden will by rallying strikers in Dorchester on Thursday.
- Strikers’ stress is beginning to mount as the bills start to pile up
- UFCW strikers are reportedly harassing Stop & Shop customers who cross picket lines.
- “We viewed it as America’s version of socialism,” said Mass. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, whose family founded Stop & Shop.
- Many Stop & Shop stores reportedly have empty shelves.
Former Vice President @JoeBiden will be in #Dorchester today, supporting Stop & Shop workers who have been on strike for 8 days now. Mayor Walsh is expected to join him here at South Bay Center. #WBZ #StopandShopStrike pic.twitter.com/ojfBbgo5bV
— Anna Meiler (@AnnaMeiler) April 18, 2019