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The Hartford Courant reports that Ahold-owned Stop & Shop is “playing hardball” with some 15,000 Connecticut employees working under a contract that expires in about two weeks. But the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union argues that Stop & Shop is taking advantage of the recession to get roll-backs in current pay scales and benefits.

According to the story, “The chain has been advertising for temporary replacements at $12 an hour for part-time workers and $15 an hour for full-time workers.

“The company, which has about 90 stores in the state, ran similar ads three years ago but waited until after the contract had expired. The workers were not used, as there was no strike.”

"As our negotiations continue, we are mindful of our commitment to our customers," Stop & Shop spokeswoman Faith Weiner tells the Courant. "We are making contingency plans. These plans include placing ads in local newspapers for temporary workers in order to continue business operations in the event there is a work stoppage."
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