A union for Stop & Shop workers in Massachusetts has voted to approve a strike after the contract was terminated at midnight.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 voted Sunday morning to approve a potential strike during the Randolph meeting. It is the first of five unions representing Stop & Shop workers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut to approve a strike.
The remaining four are expected to follow suit, according to Local 1445 President Jeff Bollen.
The vote came only hours after the workers' three-year contracts expired at midnight. UFCW 1
The ball says contract negotiations will continue for the next few weeks, but the poll gives the Union the opportunity to call a strike at any time. The community has asked members to continue working in the meantime.
"It's a big percentage we're going to beat this year," Bollen said in a video posted on Facebook. "The company doesn't seem to be supportive of things – they are incredible with their suggestions."
Stop & Shop said in a statement that it will continue negotiations next week.
The food chain said it is one of the few remaining stores in New England and is forced to compete with non-professional companies such as Market Basket, Wegman's and Trader Joe's that have much lower payroll costs. .
"We are looking forward to having productive discussions with the unions next week and remain committed to reaching new deals as quickly as possible," the company said.