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Stop & Shop Prepares for Potential Labor Strike, Hires Replacement Workers

The company is holding discussions with labor representatives as the deadline for a three-year contract nears on Feb. 23.

Representatives of the Stop & Shop grocery store chain are looking to hire temporary replacement workers as it prepares for a potential labor strike, according to a report in the Boston Herald Friday

The Quincy-based company is currently holding contract discussions with United Food and Commercial Workers Union locals who represent more than 40,000 Stop & Shop employees in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, according to the Herald. The three-year contract will expire on Saturday, Feb. 23. 

While discussions continue, the company is running eight hiring sites from Mansfield to Quincy to Woburn.

A Stop & Shop spokeswoman told the Herald that the company is advertising replacement workers "in the event of a dispute" in an effort to "prepare so we can continue to serve our customers and remain open." 

Are you a Stop & Shop customer? How would a strike affect your grocery shopping there? Let us know in the comments section below.

Chet February 05, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Does going to non-union Roche Bros really show any support for the Stop & Shop union folks?
abdul February 05, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Need more choice in Braintree then this two: shaws and Stop and shop.
sue hobart February 05, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Shaws is much nicer anyway. Stop and Shop is always manipulating us with gas perks that don't do anything and moving stuff around all the time just to mess up a quick trip. I got over that place a long time ago. I feel for the workers though because i suspect they have a nasty corporate wall to climb to get what they are after.
Joan Bassett February 05, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I shop at Market Basket, great prices, customer service. It takes me approximately 30 minutes from my home and so worth the trip. I live less than a five minute ride from stop & shop.
franky February 14, 2013 at 07:23 PM
You might if you were without employment like myself! Hire me Stop & Shop! There are pro's and cons on both sides of the coin in relation to Unions....greed and bullying tactics hurt us all in the end!

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