Stop & Shop workers go to sixth day on strike

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Stop & Shop employees around the state are getting ready to enter day six on the picket lines, with added security.

Workers said some sticking points holding up a contract include better pay, the rising cost of health insurance, and pension problems. 

The UFCW Locals said in a statement in part, “we are amazed at the ever-increasing community support and appreciate all that New England is doing to help us fight for better jobs and better health care.”

They say they’re getting a lot of support and many customers are refusing to cross the picket line.

Related: Stop & Shop strike continuing Monday

“I don’t want to cross the picket line. I live with those folks, they live with me in the same town,” Steve Rosen, customer. 

“We want to go back to work, we really do.” This isn’t something that we want, you know, but we’re fighting for our rights,” Justine Boughton, striking worker. 

NEWS8 also spoke to those who say they are only coming inside to go to the bank.

Penny Christian said, “I don’t like what they are are doing to their employees at all. I think that’s awful. And they really need to re-think what they are doing it’s not fair.”

Paul Lalla added, “This is my store but I’m not coming here as long as they’re standing here. I refuse to. Only to go to the bank.”

Frank Daniele with Local 919 told NEWS8, “They’re dropping off everything and some of them are standing with us. They want to support us. And let me tell you they are supporting us 100 percent. And we thank them for that.”

Stop & Shop said it added police presence and additional security at stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island “to ensure the safety of our workers and the safety of our customers who continue to shop our stores.”

In part of a statement to their customers, Stop & Shop said, “We are committed to resolving our labor negotiations as quickly as possible so that our employees can return to their jobs and we can get back to better serving you and the community.”

Related: Blumenthal meeting with striking Stop & Shop workers as talks continue

Senator Richard Blumenthal met with striking workers in Dayville and Groton on Tuesday. 

Employees said Stop & Shop has lost $60 million since they walked off the job.

The business added that it was working with regional food partners and food pantries to donate as much food as possible.

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