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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.

ruby 13 February 15, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Totally agree with you Chris....S&S has and always has had very high prices...at least a dollar if not more on most items.
Jerry Chase February 15, 2013 at 09:08 PM
We're getting there . . . no thanks to the bozos who voted for the incumbent last Nov..
Indiana February 15, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Fair enough Gretchen...the election has turned everybody's ire to new levels. We are becoming Europe and that is not a good thing. I do not want to wish years away but cannot wait for 2016 and a new leader whether dem or repub will be good. Give me a Bill Clinton again and I am fine
Jerry Chase February 15, 2013 at 09:18 PM
The supermarket business is very competitive, and with fairly-high overhead due to long hours of operations and lots of perishable items . . . to say little or nothing about the legal obligations regarding a host of things. I doubt that owners have yachts and things; though this is not to say that stockholders in publicly-traded holding companies which operate supermarkets (and other things) don't own them. The economy needs investors . . . who will, if they can, depending on their own personal goals, will vary in the types of securities to which they invest. The way I look at markets is sort of how I see my dentist: I'm mighty glad to have them around. I guarantee everyone that I'll get hungry next week, and "ya gotta eat somethin'." Would anybody wish to see food and other essentials become scarce or more difficult to obtain? Not me. Sometimes businesses get involved in labor disputes or disagreements. So do other businesses. Frankly, it happens less now than in the 1950s and 60s. BTW, I remain proud to be a pro-union man . . . and a Republican, no less. Go figure!
Chris A February 16, 2013 at 01:30 AM
That's pretty much the way I recall many viewing the union when I worked a few years for them. I was paying a good chunk of my check that I could've used for other things and never had much contact with them.

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