Stop & Shop Strike Ends

Picket lines have ended. Parking lots will again be full.

As first reported by WestportNow, the Stop & Shop strike — involving 31,000 employees at stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island — is over. The walkout lasted 11 days.

The tentative 3-year deal — which still must be ratified by unions –includes increased pay, and continued health coverage and ongoing defined benefit pension benefits for eligible workers, Stop & Shop said.

9 responses to “Stop & Shop Strike Ends

  1. Strike done yet no one won. My family determined we have other, better options available to us so I doubt we’l be back at S&S anywhere close to the frequency pre-strike. I’m sure others will be in a similar situation which means less business for S&S which, in turn, means less of a need for hourly workers. Higher cost/worker will also mean fewer new employees over time-basic economics. So, workers lose long-term and S&S’s business loses long-term. Morale of the story: strikes = losses for all.

    • Elizabeth Thibault

      And I’m sure that there is also many of us who are looking forward to going back for the items that we normally buy there, (some of their store brand products are better than the name brand items.)
      We should be happy that they came to a mutually agreeable solution – it gets the store and employees back to normal. Being fair to workers shouldn’t be seen as a loss for all. People who earn the wages of their average worker tend to spend more of their income on the necessities of life. Ergo, these increases will go back into the economy quickly, whereas money you or I (or a corporation) would earn might be saved or unspent, not really doing much in the immediate term. Finally, the stores were already heavily investing in automation technology, which meant fewer new employees, no new contract or otherwise, is going to stop this.

      Extrapolations/interpretations and experiences aren’t universal.

      • Thanks for the opinion. DIdn’t say being fair to workers was a loss for all – your categorization, not mine! I never suggested what “fair” means for either party. My point was a commonly understood one of economics. Union strikes don’t end in a successful outcomes for increased TOTAL economic benefits for a GROWING population of workers (the original economic goal of unions + safer working conditions). I’m happy the strike is over and it’s great if the current employees earn a higher wage. Automation is one dynamic at play but higher total cost (wages+benefits) employees mean fewer employees in the long-run. So, the union will fail to have expanded it’s worker population as a result of this strike. And even a 5% decrease in revenue for each S&S location (not unrealistic as disenfranchised shoppers don’t return and stay at their new found substitute stores) has a devastating impact on a store’s economics which, in turn, mean lower demand for workers and quite possibly store closure. Think what you want, but don’t be surprised if S&S consolidates it store locations in the next 1-2 years.

    • Interesting, as the strike reminded me how overpriced groceries are at Balducci’s and Whole Foods, by comparison.

  2. Doris Levinson

    I am delighted that the strike at Stop & Shop has ended with the workers getting a fair settlement. I’ll be back at Stop & Shop–my favorite store– ASAP. Glad I don’t have to trek miles to find a comparable well-stocked super market.

  3. Joyce Barnhart

    When auto workers, longshoreman and coal miners strike it might be Interesting, but when the people on the picket lines are people I see face to face when I buy groceries, I am much more sympathetic. In a town like ours most of us can only begin to imagine the economic constraints for the workers we see at Stop and Shop. I hope they will be glad to ratify the agreement. I’ll be glad to shop again at a store where I usually know where things are.

  4. John F. Suggs

    Great news! Now, as we all prepare to return to Stop and Shop, there is one last thing that I want to respectfully ask everyone to please consider doing as an ongoing sign of solidarity with the workers there. For years now I have dedicated myself to a small, personal act and steadfastly have refused to bag my own groceries or use their automatic check out stands. I do this action to help save the baggers and cashiers jobs.

    Will some of you please consider joining me in this action? Granted it is a minor inconvenience time wise but just think of what would happen if more of us did it! Together we could help to protect and preserve their dignity and their jobs by this simple act.

    So… please give it your consideration.

    Thank you!

  5. Hurray!!! The workers win!

  6. Michael Calise

    Interesting that one of the Union victories was a defined benefit plan which is being eliminated in most employment arenas in favor of a defined payment plan which is fairer for all concerned. (including customers) This additional burden will ultimately work against the union and its members.and result in fewer jobs and reduced wages.