Stop & Shop has done the right thing by our members and agreed to take back the workers at the Gardner Tops Supermarket who had originally been Stop & Shop employees, up until the Gardner Stop & Shop store was sold to Tops.
Now Tops is closing this store, so all these hardworking union members would have been out of luck and unemployed if Local 1445 and Stop & Shop hadn't worked together to take this extraordinary step that ensures our members won't be thrown out on the street.
Transferring these members back to Stop & Shop won't take anything away from our current Stop & Shop members; it just means the Tops members won't lose their livelihoods and benefits due to this store closing, through no fault of their own.
Our sincerest thanks to Stop & Shop, and our warmest wishes to all our members for a safe, healthy, and joyous holiday season!
President Bollen's message to all our members regarding our members in Gardner, MA.