Shoppers at the Medford Stop & Shop will not see any changes to current in-store services as the union representing more than 1,100 workers with the grocery store chain has again postponed a strike vote.
In a statement released late Monday, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union said the vote was delayed while the union continues working to find “mutually agreeable solutions to remaining bargaining issues.”
UFCW Local 342, which represents meat, seafood and deli workers at Stop & Shop stores throughout Long Island as well as the five boroughs of New York City, originally planned to hold a strike vote this past Friday. That vote was initially delayed until Monday.
Stop & Shop operates one store in Medford at 700-60 Sills Road.
According to union officials, Stop & Shop is proposing wage freezes, reductions in pension benefits, cuts to the hours of part-time workers and changes to healthcare coverage. The union said it has countered with freezes in healthcare and pension costs, “fair” wage increases and no changes in any other conditions.