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The Recorder – Striking grocery workers intercept delivery



Published: 4/19/2019 11:18:08 PM

Modified: 4/19/2019 11:17:55 PM

GREENFIELD – Striking Stop & Shop workers had a standoff with a delivery truck early Friday afternoon, and ultimately convinced the driver to leave his delivery.

The recorder was present just after noon when the truck pulled into the store's front parking lot. Striking the truck, the deliveries are made.

Strikers followed the truck and stood in front of it to force the driver to pull over before he could reach the rear entrance. Dairy manager Bill Flynn went to the cab to negotiate with the driver.

"He's very reasonable," Flynn said. Union drivers have agreed to respect the Stop & Shop strike, and will not make deliveries, workers explained.

When workers prevent deliveries, it puts pressure on the food vendors, who will turn to stop than later, said Melissa May, a representative from the Food and Commercial Workers Union 1

459.

City Councilor Doug Mayo, who has vocally supported the strike, was there when the truck arrived. At one point he was the driver that City Council voted to support the strike

At 1:30 pm a police officer arrived. Union organizers, large managers and the officer negotiated, then at 2 the truck suddenly left. The large managers did not leave the loading docks.

By 5 p.m. Ricky Butynski said;

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ex 261.


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