**** UPDATE FOR ALL UFCW STOP & SHOP MEMBERS ****
April 20, 2019
We want to give you additional specifics about what has been happening in negotiations.
There has been movement in the right direction today, including on one of our most important issues, health care.
There are still some items on the table that need to be worked out. The company still wants to take away time and half on Sunday. The company still wants reduced retirement benefits and reduced holidays. And the company is still coming up short on the wages you deserve.
We are fighting for you and we are fighting for the future.
The company is going to keep trying to divide us. They are going start bringing in temporary workers. They are going to put out more misleading ads.
Remember that our customers, even the ones that are going in the stores, can be our most powerful supporters. Keep having those conversations with them but please keep it civil. We cannot do anything that would give the company cause to move us to the streets. The majority of customers are standing with us. Rest assured, the company knows that.
We know this isn’t easy but nothing worth doing ever is. You are giving your all on the lines every day. You are making progress and should be proud. Monetary benefits from the strike fund will be coming soon for those who are on the lines.
We are going to keep giving you these specifics going forward and are looking into doing a telephone town hall soon.
As we continue bargaining tonight and into tomorrow, it is more important than ever that you remain strong.
Thank you for your dedication and unity.
Standing United,Your UFCW Local Union Leadership