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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:32 AM

Scabs Recruited as 40,000 New England Grocery Workers Prepare To Strike

"The most divisive issue in the contract talks is how to handle healthcare coverage for union members as the provisions of Obamacare are implemented. Stop & Shop is currently demanding the right to cut off insurance coverage for many part-time workers in early 2014, according to a statement from Rick Charette, chairman of the New England UFCW negotiating committee. The demand is based on the supposition that good health insurance coverage will be available to those workers through state-operated insurance “exchanges” envisioned by Obamacare, Charette indicated."

"In New England, it is also reported Stop & Shop is generating some anger because strikebreakers are being offered higher starting wages than the starting wages specified in the UFCW contract."

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