Union Grocery Workers, Chelsea: Collaborative Establish Solidarity Fund to Assist Laid-off Market Basket Employees

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the Chelsea Collaborative announced this week the establishment of a solidarity fund to assist Market Basket workers who have lost their paychecks due to scheduling cutbacks at Market Basket stores.

Following CEO Arthur T. DeMoulas’ ouster from the company and weeks of protests from company managers and workers, Market Basket recently announced that all part-time workers would be laid off. The UFCW, the labor community, and the Chelsea Collaborative will be reaching out to the part-time and full-time workers in Chelsea who have lost their hours to offer their support.

Throughout August, local union grocery workers from stores like Stop & Shop and Shaw’s have shown their solidarity with Market Basket workers by participating in rallies and through social media actions. Now, these workers and their union will directly support Market Basket families that have been financially harmed by the DeMoulas family feud.

Workers who visit the Chelsea Collaborative and present their most recent pay stub from Market Basket, or a Market Basket employee I.D., will be eligible for Stop & Shop gift cards to defray their living expenses. The Chelsea Collaborative and the UFCW are currently accepting donations to the solidarity fund.

Eligible Market Basket workers can pick up their gift cards at the Chelsea Collaborative at 318 Broadway in Chelsea, Mass., this Wednesday between 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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