By Thomas Lyons
Source: The Provincetown Independent
Hazard pay is top of mind for members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union Local 328 as they negotiate their new contract with Stop & Shop.
In April 2019, the chain’s workers went on strike when negotiations broke down. Many Provincetown residents showed support for the workers by refusing to cross picket lines that year. During the strike, residents brought so much food to the picketing employees that “we all gained 20 pounds,” said Linda Jodko-Stewart, one of the union stewards at the store.
Negotiations are proceeding more smoothly than in past years, Jodko-Stewart said. She is confident the union and company will reach an agreement before the current contract expires on March 1.