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A leading supermarket chain in New England began recruiting scabs on a large scale this week as the union representing some 40,000 of its workers girds for a potential strike later this month.Stop & Shop, with more than 250 grocery stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, opened 14 recruitment sites across the region with the goal of hiring “replacement workers,” confirms company spokeswoman Suzi Robinson. The recruits would replace members of five local units of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union in the event of a strike or lockout on February 24, when current collective bargaining agreements expire.
Meanwhile, negotiations continue as strike deadline nears:
On Sunday, February 24th, each of the five UFCW locals will be holding separate membership meetings for UFCW workers regarding the Stop & Shop contract. We strongly urge all union members employed by Stop & Shop to come out and participate.