It’s no secret that the current administration would like to shut down all trade unions.

This morning, I received an email from the AFL-CIO. It began:

My name is Kristen Johnson, and I’m a deli manager and shop steward at the Stop & Shop in Somerville, Massachusetts. I am also a member of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1445. I want you to know why 31,000 of my fellow Stop & Shop workers across three New England states are on strike.

As a 40+ year Screen Actors Guild member—SAG-AFTRA—I’m also a proud member of AFL-CIO. (Yes, that makes me a teamster.) As of this evening, 31,000 #StopAndShop workers are on strike. You might want to spend a few minutes listening to this podcast to learn why. It’s enlightening. And for millions of American workers, if action isn’t taken soon, it’s a hint of things to come.

Ahold Delhaize, a Dutch retail company is the parent of Stop & Shop. The firm also owns:

Bfresh—founded 2015; 2 stores as of 2019 (MA)
Food Lion—founded 1957; 1,029 stores as of 2019 (DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, PA, SC, TN, VA and WV)
Hannaford—founded 1883; 181 stores as of 2019 (ME, MA, NH, NY and VT)
Giant Food Stores—founded 1923; 175 stores as of 2019, including 145 Giant stores (PA) and 30 Martin’s stores (MD, PA, VA and WV)
Giant Food—founded 1936; 164 stores as of 2019 (DE, DC, MD and VA)
Peapod—founded 1989 delivery service
Stop & Shop—founded 1914; 421 stores as of 2019 (CT, MA, NJ, NY and RI)

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