Thousands of Stop & Shop Workers on Strike over Cuts on Health Care & Pension Benefits

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Thirty-one thousand workers at 240 Stop & Shop supermarkets across the northeastern of the United States remained on strike Saturday. They are protesting the company’s proposal to reduce their health care and pension benefits.

Stop & Shop is a subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize, a Dutch retail company, which generates 60 percent of its sales from the United States.  The strike, which is the largest in the history of the retail industry since 2003, puts at risk the supermarket’s turnaround strategy, according to Bloomberg.

The United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union has been engaged in contract negotiations with the company. The union rejected company’s proposal, which it called “drastic and unreasonable cuts” to take home pay and health care benefits.

UFCW says Stop & Shop workers deserve affordable health care

According to UFCW, Stop & Shop’s parent company made $2 billion in profits last year. Instead of recognizing the value and hard work of its employees, it is proposing a contract that would decrease their salary and significantly increase their health care costs. The company also wants to replace real customers service with more serve-yourself checkout machines.