WESTBURY, N.Y. — Although its contract expired Saturday night without a new deal in place, union workers for Stop & Shop’s metro New York stores have yet to call a strike.


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United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 here said the retailer, based in Quincy, Mass., refused the union’s offer of another contract extension Saturday but that workers would continue to report to their jobs while negotiations continue. The union was given the authority to call a strike by Stop & Shop employees on late last month in response to what it called Stop & Shop’s attempts to drastically reduce or eliminate employee health care benefits. The union represents 5,500 Stop & Shop employees on Long Island, the five boroughs, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.

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"The overwhelming response from the public in support of the Stop & Shop employees has failed to encourage the company to sign the two week contract extension offered by the union," Anthony Speelman, secretary-treasurer of Local 1500, said in a statement. "The workers have received unprecedented backing from consumers, politicians, community groups and labor organizations. These same people are being callously ignored by Stop & Shop management who are clearly prioritizing their greed over their employees and customers needs.”

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