The Teamsters have joined forces with striking Stop & Shop workers to try to bring the company to its knees by cutting off the supply of goods to its stores. The Teamsters is one of the largest labor unions in the world. They represent drivers, warehouse workers, among other professions, and they are now aiding the Stop & Shop workers who are striking for health benefits and decent wages.
“The Teamsters are firmly with us and will not make deliveries or provide any other services at any of the Stop & Shop stores on strike in New England,” a spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 said. “Teamsters deliver fresh food, produce, perishables, dry good, beverages and other items; they deliver freight and packages, and provide trash pickup as well. These are vital services, so the impact will probably be quite substantial.”
“More than 30,000 UFCW members have struck Stop & Shop, Teamster members do not cross their picket lines. Remind your friends and neighbors,” the Teamsters Joint Council 10 posted on Facebook.
This branch of the Teamster union represents 45,000 members in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine. The union has 700 warehouse workers and 250 drivers delivering food and other products to Stop & Shop stores.
On Thursday, more than 30,000 Stop & Shop workers went on strike after the grocery chain’s Dutch parent company, Ahold Delhaize, failed to come to an appropriate agreement during contract negotiations.
The strike impacts 240 stores across New England.