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The North Providence Breeze 04-17-2019

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12 THE VALLEY APRIL 17-23, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE STRIKING WORKERS AT STOP & SHOP on Cottage Street in Pawtucket hold signs protesting what they say are unfair labor practices at the supermarket chain. Alzheimer's Association hosts Caregiver's Journey April 25 WARWICK – The Rhode Island Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will host its 9th annual Caregiver's Journey, A Conference for Alzheimer's Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals, on Thursday, April 25, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. This is an all-day, free conference for caregivers. The conference provides health care professionals and caregivers with the tools they need to carry on their journey of supporting someone with dementia. Visit www.alz.org/ri to register online or to view a brochure, or call the chapter office at 1-800-272- 3900. On-site respite is available for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, with advanced registration. "Kudos to the staff at Dave's Market, they have every register open, stockers all over the store, and a big crew at the deli counter serving all the extra customers," posted Cumberland resident Cindy Mauch. In North Providence, Scott Shore couldn't give a definitive percentage on the bump in traffic since workers began striking at the Stop & Shop down the road on Mineral Spring Avenue, but said it's "substantial." He said the store added staff and took other steps to keep up with the influx of new customers. A manager at Shaw's in North Providence also reported a substantial increase, but said corporate offices would have to release actual numbers. Kerry Kulesva, a Cumberland res- ident and worker at Dave's Market in Cumberland, said the store has been "crazy" busy during the strike, with thousands more people com- ing in. "It's as busy as a snowstorm or a holiday," she said. Workers are doing extra shifts and working longer hours but are happy to do it, said Kulesva, helping new customers along the way. "We're helping out as much as we can and going as fast as we can," she said. "You have to support Stop & Shop because they're one of us." Workers at the competing chain deserve to be paid, she said. At the larger of two Dave's Market stores in Smithfield, a man- ager said Monday that the store saw a "very big influx in business in the last four days." Employees have opened extra registers in an effort to do our "very best to take care of the customers," he said. Some stores this week were offer- ing specials seeking to take advan- tage of the increased traffic from the strike. Customers were report- ing changing their shopping habits in response to the strike. "We need Stop & Shop back. Markets are so packed," said local resident Rhoda Lafond. "Hope the workers get what they deserve soon." Stop & Shop workers, mean- while, were getting support from politicians, other union members and residents of the towns they typically serve during shopping visits. Many said they would never cross a picket line and were sup- porting the rights of workers over corporate interests. Some who did choose to cross the lines found their photos splashed on the inter- net, shamed for not supporting the union's cause. Last Thursday, April 11, 31,000 members of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) walked off the job in the middle of the day to protest what they called "the company's proposed drastic and unreasonable cuts to health care, take home pay, and customer service as well as unlawful con- duct." Customers, many having shopped for hours and having full carts, were asked to leave local stores. Signs urged Stop & Shop to do what's right, asked customers not to cross the picket line, and accused store executives of not bargaining in good faith. Stop & Shop representatives say they've countered union demands by offering pay increases for all associates, no changes to Sunday overtime pay for full-time workers, paid time off, and health benefits below market costs. Proposed cuts by Stop & Shop would devastate health benefits, drastically increase health costs, and decrease take-home pay, say union representatives. They say they would also impact customer service. "Our 31,000 members who work at Stop & Shop work incredibly hard to provide the great customer service that has made the company billions of dollars in profit and the top grocery store in New England," said the union in a statement. Stop & Shop workers have been negotiating a new contract with Stop & Shop representatives since Jan. 14. STRIKE From Page One Learn about birding at the library NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Library, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., will present the program, Birding 101 with host Dan Berard, professional birder, international natural history guide and president of the Ocean State Bird Club, on Wednesdays, April 24, May 1, May 8, and May 15, at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include birding basics including how to choose binoculars, field guide recommenda- tions, how to start identifying birds, intro to bird biology and more. Space is limited and registration for this free series is required. To register, contact the circula- tion desk or call 401-353-5600, ext. 2. Local Eats 805 CHARLES STREET PROVIDENCE 401-861-7955 Order Now for your Easter Holiday Items! 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