Members of five United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) locals began distributing leaflets at Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. stores in New England, informing customers that the company was advertising to replace local members in the event of a strike. The parties recently began bargaining over proposed agreements to replace three-year contracts set to expire February 27. The proposed agreements would cover 34,000 Stop & Shop workers employed at 248 stores in Connecticut, Mass. and Rhode Island.
In reaction to Mondelez International Inc.’s announcement that it plans to layoff half of the workers at its Chicago plant, the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that the planned layoffs are motivated by age and race bias. Last year, Mondelez asked BCTGM members to help save $46 million per year in order to upgrade technology at the Chicago plant and prevent 600 positions from being relocated to a facility in Mexico.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sent an alert that an “apparent labor walk off” halted all activity at New York City’s ports, the busiest on the East Coast.