If you’re a Stop & Shop shopper, you might want to consider stocking up on supplies–the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 authorized a strike on the metro area’s stores last night, which could start as early as Sunday if the two sides can’t work out a deal.
This fight is over healthcare: The union maintains Stop & Shop is using the Affordable Care Act to reduce coverage. Patrick Purcell, director of political & legislative Affairs with Local 1500, tells Village Voice news blog Runnin’ Scared, “It quickly became clear that Stop & Shop was using [the new law] as an excuse to shed costs, reducing healthcare coverage.”
The two sides are still working to come to an agreement, and Stop & Shop maintains it’s working to “secure the fund for the future and meet the obligations imposed by the Affordable Care Act.”.
Head on over to Runnin’ Scared and read Raillan Brooks’ full report.