2/13/10

Collective bargaining makes bad theater

Labor-state strike bosses H8 to work

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. and its unionized employees are heading for a showdown.

The current contract between the supermarket chain and the 43,000 southern New England members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW, is set to expire Feb. 20. And, unsatisfied with the demands being made by the company during negotiations, union organizers are planning a strike vote for Feb. 21.

Stop & Shop, meanwhile, has been advertising for temporary workers to fill positions in case of a work stoppage, a move that union representatives say is merely for show.

"It's just bad theater," said James Riley, secretary-treasurer of the union's Local 328, which represents workers in Rhode Island and on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. "After two negotiation sessions, to put ads all over New England advertising for part-time, temporary help is a slap in the face to all of their people who work for them."

(from capecodonline.com)

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