Stop & Shop closes as employees go on strike
Workers at Stop & Shop in Litchfield joined their colleagues at 252 other Stop & Shops in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island on the picket line on Thursday, resulting in the store being closed. The strike by 31,000 workers in began at 1 p.m. after negotiations between the unions representing Stop & Shop workers and the international conglomerate that owns Stop & Shop, Ahold Delhaize, failed to produce a contract both sides could accept. Ahold Delhaize, according to UFCW-CIO Local 371, the union representing workers in the Litchfield store, is engaging in unfair labor practices by proposing unreasonable cuts to pay and adjustments in health insurance and pensions. Many workers faced cuts in weekly earnings and benefits, according to the union. Ahold Delhaize reported more than $2 billion in profits in 2018.