Supermarket Negotiations: Getting good contracts takes solidarity!

You might have heard about the recent UFCW strike at Stop & Shop grocery stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. More then 31,000 workers walked off their jobs on April 11 to demand a fair contract and fend off company proposals that would have effectively resulted in pay cuts for most employees. As one union supporter said, the union members “felt a lack of respect for the hard work that they do.”  The Strike was settled successfully after 11 days, thanks to an overwhelming outpouring of support by the members’ UFCW brothers and sisters, as well as support from other unions and religious and community leaders. At the heart of the effort was the incredible solidarity of the striking members, who stuck together and supported their union through thick and thin. Similar stories are found in recent successful contract negotiations in the western United States, including Colorado, New Mexico and Local 711’s jurisdictions in Utah and Northern Nevada.