Stop & Shop Prepares for Potential Labor Strike, Hires Replacement Workers

The company is holding discussions with labor representatives as the deadline for a three-year contract nears on Feb. 23.

Representatives of the Stop & Shop grocery store chain are looking to hire temporary replacement workers as it prepares for a potential labor strike, according to a report in the Boston Herald Friday

The Quincy-based company is currently holding contract discussions with United Food and Commercial Workers Union locals who represent more than 40,000 Stop & Shop employees in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, according to the Herald. The three-year contract will expire on Saturday, Feb. 23. 

While discussions continue, the company is running eight hiring sites from Mansfield to Quincy to Woburn.

A Stop & Shop spokeswoman told the Herald that the company is advertising replacement workers "in the event of a dispute" in an effort to "prepare so we can continue to serve our customers and remain open." 

Are you a Stop & Shop customer? How would a strike affect your grocery shopping there? Let us know in the comments section below.

Nathalie Woodruff February 04, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Sounds like they're preparing to refuse to negotiate.
Louis San Miguel February 04, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Lets be realistic. Neither side can afford a strike. Lou San Miguel
paula Salt February 04, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Yes I shop at stop & Shop, will go to Shaws untill you straight out your dispute, would never cross a picket line.
Mark February 04, 2013 at 03:24 PM
The same thing happened 3 years ago, Sadly the union doesn't go to bat for the workers at all and threatens a strike every time just to "scare" the company. The UFCW Union is also notorious for flat out lying to its members. The vote to strike last time was nullified by a mediator because it was made based off of false statements made by union officials. And this year they went around saying there was a bill in the Legislature that would end overtime, amazingly enough when asked to produce such a document the union rep failed to.
Niki Grainger February 04, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Not going to cross a Picket, will go to Roche Bros....
malcolm nichols February 05, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Market Basket is the best. We ought to follow their model.
Chet February 05, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Does going to non-union Roche Bros really show any support for the Stop & Shop union folks?
abdul February 05, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Need more choice in Braintree then this two: shaws and Stop and shop.
sue hobart February 05, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Shaws is much nicer anyway. Stop and Shop is always manipulating us with gas perks that don't do anything and moving stuff around all the time just to mess up a quick trip. I got over that place a long time ago. I feel for the workers though because i suspect they have a nasty corporate wall to climb to get what they are after.
Joan Bassett February 05, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I shop at Market Basket, great prices, customer service. It takes me approximately 30 minutes from my home and so worth the trip. I live less than a five minute ride from stop & shop.
franky February 14, 2013 at 07:23 PM
You might if you were without employment like myself! Hire me Stop & Shop! There are pro's and cons on both sides of the coin in relation to Unions....greed and bullying tactics hurt us all in the end!


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