UFCW Local 400 reacted with shock and anger last Friday after UNFI announced plans to sell or close 17 Shoppers Food & Pharmacy stores.
The union – which represents workers at Shoppers -- had been pushing for more than a year for information on the fate of these stores, but, said Local 400 president Mark Federici, “UNFI has refused to provide us with any assurances that the hardworking men and women who have dedicated their careers to this company won’t be left out in the cold. Now, in the midst of the holiday season, the company suddenly informs workers that their livelihoods are at risk,” Federici said. “This is no way for a company to treat its employees or our communities, particularly during the holidays,” he added. The union “will do whatever it takes to ensure our members land on their feet,” said Federici. “We will fight to protect the rights of Shoppers workers under the law and our union contract. We will hold this company accountable to our community and ensure these locations remain strong union employers.”