Some Stop & Shop workers are planning to go on strike if they don’t reach an agreement during this week’s company negotiations.
The chain grocery store is reportedly looking to increase healthcare costs and cut pensions while not giving employees raises.
Workers posted a video online asking to be rewarded for their hard work.
Customers said they were surprised to hear that the company is looking to raise healthcare costs while cutting pensions and not giving raises.
“Cost of living has increased in the past three years, that I know so a little pay raise won't hurt. Stop and Shop does very well especially over here," Rick Clarke said.
“These people are standing on their feet the whole day and working. People who work at supermarkets work crazy amounts of hours so it’s just fair to have their pay increased with the costs of the healthcare," Katherinne Perez said.
There are more than 1,200 Stop & Shop employees in Connecticut who are part of five United Food and Commercial Workers unions.
The unions are spread out all over the state.
A Stop & Shop spokesperson said “We have a long history of reaching contracts with the unions that represent our associates without any disruption to their work or customer service and we have no reason to believe that this time will be any different.”
The last negotiations were three years ago. Workers will vote on the contract on Sunday.
If workers go on strike, the company will bring in temporary workers.
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