Amid strike, Stop & Shop continues negotiations with union

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 20, 2019

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, expressed support for striking Stop & Shop employees in Malden, Massachusetts on Friday, joining other Democratic presidential candidates who have backed the grocery chain's workers on the picket line in recent days.

"This largest private sector labor action strike in three years is sending a message that is going to ripple out far beyond New England".

"Freedom depends on understanding how changes in our society work for working people", Buttigieg said.

United Food and Commercial Workers union members at 240 Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and CT went on strike April 11 to protest what they call cuts to health care and take-home pay in the company's latest contract proposal.

Workers say the company has been in negotiations with the union in Providence, Rhode Island, but don't expect the strike to end any time soon.

Tension appears to be mounting as the strike hits its seventh day and workers prepare for a high profile rally with former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday.

"Politicians need to be there and have their back", he said. "But the 31,000 workers who made this choice are doing it together as one union family. Together they can fight these cuts and protest the company's unlawful actions in connection with negotiations-and win".

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