WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement on behalf of AFGE’s National Executive Council:
“On Thursday April 11th, 31,000 members of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union who work at Stop & Shop grocery stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island went on strike. Stop & Shop is proposing drastic cuts to the wages and benefits that employees and their families depend on to live, even though the foreign-owned company had profits of $2 billion last year.
“Union workers at Stop & Shop have built the company into one of the most successful grocery store chains in New England, but management refuses to negotiate fairly. The hard-working women and men at Stop & Shop are looking for nothing more than the respect, dignity, and security on the job that all workers deserve.
“On behalf of tens of thousands of AFGE members in New England, we stand united with our striking sisters and brothers at UFCW. We urge all AFGE members and their families to respect the UFCW picket lines and do not shop at Stop & Shop until this dispute is resolved. Better yet, join a picket line at a store near you to show your support for these workers.”