UFCW Local 1459 Members Thank Stop & Shop Customers for Support During Contract Fight

Union members and staff thanking customers for their support.
Union members and staff thanking customers for their support.

Today over a dozen Stop & Shop union members, union staff, and community members came out to the Hadley Stop & Shop as part of a Customer Appreciation Day to celebrate the customers whose support helped win a strong union contract for over 35,000 Stop & Shop union members New England wide and the over 1500 members in Western Massachusetts.

Stop & Shop union members worked without a contract for over 2 months.  During this period, thousands of customers signed petitions in support of a fair contract, made countless calls to the company asking them to offer a fair deal to hard working union members, and made their opinions known in the stores in favor of a good contract.

With their support, our bargaining committee was able to negotiate collectively for:
• 480 New Full-Time Jobs
• Fair & Predictable Scheduling so that we can spend time with our families and provide for our families
• Fair Pay and a path to $15 for all full-time employees
• Affordable Healthcare for our families

Matt Szulborski, Organizing Director of UFCW Local 1459 said in gratitude to customers, "Working families coming together on the job and in the community helped win a better life for Stop & Shop union members.  Thank you for all your support and help.  I believe with a voice at work and communities coming together, all working people can gain a better life".