The union supporting Stop & Shop workers who went on strike last week set up a GoFundMe page Thursday to support the workers as contract negotiations continue.
As the strike enters its second week, Stop & Shop employees will not be receiving their regular paychecks.
As of Friday at 9:45 am, the GoFundMe page had raised $22,464 from 473 people. All the funds will support the 31,000 Stop & Shop workers who went on strike.
Since the GoFundMe is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the fund cannot accept donations from employers whose workers the UFCW represents, seeks to represent, or would admit as members in the future. The site also lays out a list of those who can and cannot donate to the fund.
“Most individuals can contribute freely to this UFCW Strike Hardship Fund. Contributions are not tax-deductible. All contributions will be used to benefit members, and no money will be used by the UFCW for any other purpose.”
In a post on their website Friday, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 told members to “stay united.”
“The company keeps moving the goalposts for how much they are willing to invest when it comes to your healthcare, pensions, and wages. We cannot accept an agreement that diminishes your benefits and paves the way for the race to the bottom. One good job should be enough. We have to hold the line for all that you have worked so hard for. We acknowledge and understand all that you have been sacrificing while the company continues these games. The truth is, drastic cuts are still on the table, and while we are willing to negotiate, we will not negotiate away your worth. Support continues to pour in throughout the country, from our union brothers and sisters to your friends and neighbors joining you on the picket lines. And today’s rally drew national attention to your fight for justice. Stay strong. Stay united. And as we enter into the weekend, remember that while you hold the line, we are still at the table,” the post reads.