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Grocery workers vote to approve strike over contract fight



Trade unions representing thousands of Stop & Shop workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island vote to approve strikes if a contractual conflict with the supermarket chain continues. Members of Local 328 in the United Food and Commercial Workers Union unanimously voted in favor of Sunday's authorization in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Three other UFCW locals have also voted to approve a strike. The contract conflicts are late on health insurance, pension and holiday time. The trade union says Stop & Shop wants to "reduce the quality of life" for workers. Local 328 Union President Timothy M. Melia said the mood to approve the strike does not necessarily mean that the unions have already decided to strike. What that means is that if at some point negotiations between the two parties go down, a strike can start. The food chain says there are proposals that "would ensure full-time employees are still among the highest paid food workers in the region." Stop & Shop has more than 400 stores in New England, New York and New Jersey. The company is owned by Ahold Delhaize, a Dutch company.

Associations representing thousands of Stop & Shop workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island vote to approve strikes if a contractual conflict with the supermarket chain continues.

Members of the Local 328 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union voted unanimously in favor of Sunday's approval in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Three other UFCW locals have also voted to approve a strike.

The contract convention deals with health insurance, retirement and vacation time. The trade union says that Stop & Shop wants to "reduce the quality of life" of employees.

Local 328 Union President Timothy M. Melia said the mood to approve the strike does not necessarily mean that the unions have already decided to strike. What that means is that if at some point negotiations between the two parties go down, a strike can start.

The food chain says there are suggestions that "would ensure full-time employees are still among the highest paid food workers in the region."

Stop & Shop has more than 400 stores in New England, New York and New Jersey. The company is owned by Ahold Delhaize, a Dutch company.

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