Stop n Shop Workers on Strike: Dutch Owners Cutting Wages Healthcare and Retirement.

Stop n Shop Workers on Strike: Dutch Owners Cutting Wages Healthcare and Retirement.

By: Patrick Wilson

Across New England 31,000 Stop n Shop Employees walked off the job last Thursday, April 11th. The workers went on Strike over proposed cuts to workers’ take-home pay and benefits including healthcare and retirement benefits.

In February 2017 Stop n Shop narrowly avoided a strike over proposed changes to employees health care plans that would raise the cost of their healthcare. “The stop-and-go negotiations between Stop & Shop and its five unions came to a conclusion with a three-year contract overwhelmingly ratified by union members across New England, and a strike was averted.” According to Wikipedia.

In current negotiations which began in February, Stop n Shop is asking for major concessions from its union employees. The proposal Stop n Shop gave its union employees,  strips them of premium pay on national holidays and Sundays, while also eliminating any raises, slashing contributions to retirement plans, and increasing employee healthcare costs. “Instead of a contract that recognizes the value and hard work that our members provide every day, Stop & Shop has only proposed drastic and unreasonable cuts to health care benefits and take home pay, while replacing real customer service with more serve-yourself checkout machines,” the union statement said. The union locals also said that Ahold Delhaize, Dutch parent company to Stop n Shop had more than $2 billion in profits last year and got a U.S. tax cut of $225 million in 2017.

Yesterday, Senior Senator and Presidential candidate Elizabeth Waren joined striking workers at the Somerville Stop n Shop for a rally for a fair new contract and to pass out food for the striking workers. Senator Warren has long touted that Corporations should pay their fair share in our economic system.

Stop n Shop was founded in Somerville Massachusetts in 1914 by a local family. Purchased in 1995 by Dutch company Ahold, who also owns Food Lion and Giant. The company has saturated the New England market and $2 billion in profit go to foreign investors and do not benefit the U.S. or local economies. While many of their employees struggle to make ends meet and end up needing some form of public assistance, the company received a $225 million tax cut under the Trump administration.

Stop n Shop says Massachusetts stores would be operating on modified hours, with stores opening at 8 a.m. and remaining open until 8 p.m. According to striking employees on the picket line, the Teamsters who deliver perishables, haven’t made deliveries since last Thursday. The employees also spoke of poor working conditions, lack of training and understanding of job titles, descriptions and responsibilities. They also mentioned employees being ‘starved out’ as a management practice.

The UFCW and Stop n Shop have been negotiating since February 14th and at this time there is no solution in sight.

Theology in Action: the last episode. Sunday Morning on Activate Radio 8AM

Theology in Action: the last episode. Sunday Morning on Activate Radio 8AM

Theology in Action will broadcast it’s last episode Sunday morning April 14th at 8AM. We will rebroadcast the last three shows at 7PM ET Sunday night.

David Concepcion has been hosting Theology in Action since 2011. Sarah Francis was the manager of Occupy Boston Radio and was Davids producer when the show began in a space called Encuentro 5 which at the time was located on Harrison Blvd. in Boston.  David continued hosting the show and producing it as Occupy Boston Radio became Activate Radio. David has also provided coverage with his show of national events as well as Boston area marches and protests. He has also hosted multiple roundtable discussions during tragic events in our history.

We invite you to tune in and listen Sunday morning and to follow the Theology in Action Blog. We will miss Theology in Action at Activate Radio and will look forward to his guest appearances. 

2019 Rock & Roll Rumble: Week 2 Preliminaries

2019 Rock & Roll Rumble: Week 2 Preliminaries

24 bands • 9 nights • 1 crown. The World Series of #BostonRock | Thurs, April 4-Friday, April 26, 2019

It’s week two of the Rock & Roll Rumble and Once Somerville is set for 12 more bands over three nights, competing for a spot in the semi-finals April 19th and 20th.

Twenty years ago in 1999, the Rumble was held at the Middle East and was won by The Sheila Devine. Other Participating Bands: Baby Ray, Big Lick, Brass Monkeys, Canine, Cave In, Control Group, Drexel, Fastbreak, Gangsta Bitch Barbie, Honeyglazed, Jumprope, Kicked in the Head, Lunar Plexus, Ms. Pigeon, Quick Fix, Red Eye 9, Señor Happy, Seventeen.

What You Need To Know

If tickets are still available, they are advertised as $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

If available Advance Tickets can be purchased online at ONCESomerville.com/Rumble .

Shows are 21|+ to drink, and 18+ to enter. Once Somerville is located at 156 Highland Ave. in Somerville, Massachusetts. That’s 02143 for those looking for directions. 🙂

The Rumble has recently teamed up with callingallcrows.org to stand for harassment-free venues and shows. The Rumble has taken a huge step in the right direction, everyone should be safe.

We Are Ready. 2019 Rock & Roll Rumble begins Thurs 4/4. 24 bands over 9 nights. The Rock of Boston.

Posted by Rock & Roll Rumble on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Set Times and Lineups

Thursday April 11th – Doors at 8:00, Music at 9:00 sharp

Radio Compass | 9:00-9:30
Test Meat | 9:45-10:15
Motel Black | 10:30-11:00
Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys | 11:15-11:45

Friday April 12th – Doors at 8:00, Music at 9:00 sharp

Love Love | 9:00-9:30
Phenomenal Sun | 9:45-10:15
As The Sparrow | 10:30-11:00
Skytigers | 11:15-11:45

Saturday April 13th – Doors at 8:00, Music at 9:00 sharp

Baabes | 9:00-9:30
Jakals | 9:45-10:15
Set Fire | 10:30-11:00
Birnam Wood | 11:15-11:45

If you’d like to learn more about the Rock & Roll Rumble please visit their website rockandrollrumble.com. 

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