Tim Bassett, 68, worked for Stop and Shop for just over 51 years. He started off on the Front End as a bagger in February of 1969 and eventually made his way up to Assistant Grocery Manager, where he remained for over 20 years before retiring in March of 2021. He was a steward for the last 15 years of his career. Throughout his career with Stop and Shop Tim said that the people he worked with over the years are what stood out to him most. When asked how the Union has been there for him throughout his career, he said “I never really got in trouble, so I didn’t need the Union in that sense, but you really can’t say enough about how the Union has helped me live the American Dream.”
Thank you, Tim, for all of the time and dedication that you put into the Union throughout your career. I hope you enjoy every moment of your retirement!
Holyoke Council On Aging: The unit is returning to work on a limited basis preparing meals for curbside pick up. The shuttle buses are being fit with Plexiglas and they will be doing one person pick ups for medical appointments. Everyone is to continue with distancing and masks. All staff are still being paid in full.It is not clear what the new fiscal year will bring because the Federal government has yet to fund the States.
We met in a zoom Labor/Management meeting 5/13 and had a very frank discussion of maintaining operations while ensuring safety during this pandemic. We will commence Inters Based Bargaining, June 22/23 and hope to get an initial zoom bargaining session in before the July 4 break followed by more sessions in July.
NRSD: There will be no layoffs through the end of the school year. There is discussion of possible layoffs for the Fall as the budget is uncertain. There is discussion of trying to zoom bargain a conclusion to a new contract.
Vatco: Using Governor’s order on masks to enforce a version of no mask, no ride. Passenger is instructed if needed on necessity of mask. If the customer says anything other than they are unable to comply because of medical issue, driver calls it into office, management and/or police meet the bus in route and passenger is removed. So far, there have been few problems with passengers.