Stop & Shop workers have approved a new contract, following an 11-day strike last month that crippled New England’s largest and only fully unionized supermarket chain. Five United Food & Commercial Workers locals in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut representing 31,000 workers voted on the proposal over the course of the past week and a half, ending Wednesday with Local 1459 in Springfield. Vote totals were not released, but the unit voted “overwhelmingly in favor,” of the pact, the union said in a statement Wednesday evening. The union released few details about the agreement, noting that it preserved access to affordable health care while maintaining eligibility for spouses, protected premium pay on Sundays for full and part-timers, maintained current pensions, and kept the same number of sick days and paid holidays for current and future employees. The contract also grants raises for part-timers moving to full-time and guarantees a … [Read more...] about Stop & Shop workers vote to approve contract
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Katie Johnston Globe Staff April 19, 2019 In the first few days of the Stop & Shop strike, visits to the grocery chain by regular customers dropped by a whopping 75 percent compared to the previous weekend, according to an analysis of mobile device data by Skyhook, a location technology and intelligence company based in Boston. Many loyal customers — those who typically visit Stop & Shop once a week — did not go grocery shopping at all that first weekend, the analysis found, with visits to all area grocery stores decreasing by almost half, likely a result of shoppers holding out in case the strike ended quickly. The strike, which involves 31,000 workers at 240 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, began abruptly last Thursday afternoon when workers got the call from the United Food & Commercial Workers union to walk off the … [Read more...] about Visits by loyal Stop & Shop customers decline 75% during strike
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Katie Johnston Globe Staff April 12, 2019 Minutes before Stop & Shop workers walked off the job Thursday afternoon, Kristen Johnson was slicing cold cuts at the Somerville store and discussing her union’s contract dispute with a customer. When the strike was announced, Johnson said, the customer put her groceries in her car and went back to stand with the workers on the picket line. It wasn’t unexpected. Johnson said that even before the strike, a number of the regular shoppers at the Somerville store had pledged not to cross a picket line.“It’s very personal,” said Johnson, an 11-year Stop & Shop veteran. “They know our life stories. We know theirs.” Advertisement With 31,000 members of the United Food & Commercial Workers on strike at 240 Stop & Shop stores in three states, the big question facing … [Read more...] about Stop & Shop strike is on, but will customers stay away?
By Anam Saeed Published: December 13, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email The portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah is displayed at the India-Pakistan border in Wagah as a Pakistani Ranger unfurls the flag during a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence. PHOTO: AFP In 2015, I left to pursue my Fulbright scholarship aspiring to conquer the world and change the landscape of research in Pakistan. I have always found the general pessimism that prevails in our country to be severely problematic. For instance, how we as a country lack unity amongst ourselves and can never rise above gender differences, religious discrimination amongst the people and the innate negativity against the government. Two years of Fulbright gave me a whole new perspective on life. I discovered a world where things such as age, race, colour, gender and other such superficial constructs were irrelevant and your talent was all that mattered. What pleasantly surprised me the most during my time in the … [Read more...] about “Nothing changes here! Pakistan was, is, and will always be the same”
PUBLISHED: 12:55 20 November 2018 Charlotte Smith-Jarvis Christmas pudding Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto ZAKmac Follow our recipe for a tasty Christmas pudding in 2018. How is it Stir-up Sunday already?I’m still waiting for the Indian Summer we were promised during the last week of August when I found myself on a wet beach in north Devon with my family.Despite the jingly ads on TV, the swathes of tinsel decorating every inch of local shops, and multiple dates for Christmas events pencilled in my diary, I’m not quite ready for the festivities just yet.By now I’ve usually cooked up and jarred pickles for the Boxing Day spread. A vat of rumtopf or some other curious-looking boozy concoction is steeping in an oversized bottle in the cupboard ready to greet (knock-out) guests passing over the threshold during December. And I’ve normally started stockpiling my favourite seasonal treat, Mozartkugeln (chocolate filled with almond, … [Read more...] about When is Stir-Up Sunday 2018 and what’s the best Christmas pudding recipe?