Grocery Unions At Stop & Shop Take Obamacare’s Leap of Faith

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Some 40,000 workers at more than 250 New England supermarkets approved new collective bargaining agreements this month in an uneasy embrace by their union of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare.

The contracts between the regional Stop & Shop grocery chain and five separate locals of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union were ratified in rank-and-file votes held March 10but only after tortured contract talks that centered on the impact of Obamacare on low-income shelf stockers, check-out clerks and other part-time workers, UFCW leaders say.

In the end, despite what the union sees as favorable provisions on wages and most other issues, the new contracts will eliminate existing health insurance coverage for thousands of Stop & Shop part-timers.

When the union enthusiastically backed President Barack Obama’s health insurance reform proposals back in 2009-2010, “this is not what we bargained for,” says Don Clifford, president of UFCW Local 1459 in Springfield, Mass.

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Comment from N.R.IYER
Time March 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm

what about the hours for part time employees many of the management play hide and seek game by cutting down hours …new immigrants have the problem of getting part time jobs…and in the hours they get they are squeezed to the ultimate level of hardships..and Management doesn’t care .What the employee must do? like for me since last 4 months I just clock less than 60 hours!!!!!!!Even though I am hired for a particular area the management uses me like a ping pong ball?

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