Union that includes Island Stop & Shop employees authorizes strike

An employee of the Vineyard Haven Stop & Shop has tested positive for COVID-19. – Gabrielle Mannino

A Stop & Shop union that includes employees from the Stop & Shop stores in Vineyard Haven and Edgartown voted unanimously Sunday to authorize a strike.

The union has been negotiating with Stop & Shop over a new contract for employees, as its previous contract expires this year. The Island’s two Stop & Shops are part of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328, which is based in Providence, R.I. Local 1445 and Local 328 are two of five unions working together to negotiate new contracts with Stop & Shop. All five unions have now authorized strikes. A Boston union was the first to authorize a strike, last month.

The union posted about the vote on Facebook and Twitter Sunday, and included a video of union members voting at a meeting in Foxboro.

UFCW Local 328 members employed at Stop & Shop unanimously voted to authorize a strike today! We would like to thank our membership for their amazing turnout despite the bad weather. We stand strong and united for a deal that respects our hard-working members, their families, and the communities they serve,” the post reads.