Stop & Shop
"The generation before us went to bat for us. ... We have an obligation to those who are coming up."
Workers at the grocery chain walked out of stores at 1 p.m. sharp on Thursday after bargaining talks broke down.
Stop & Shop spokesperson Phil Tracey said that the facility was certainly a "significant investment" for the company. It was, nevertheless, an investment in the environment, he added, and "important in us getting to our goal [of being landfill-free]."
Due to the recession, supermarket workers are feeling the pain: low wages, escalating health care costs, and a reduction in pension benefits. However, unionized workers have locals watching their backs, and negotiating fair wages and benefits.