Union Criticizes Supermarket Chain’s Decision To Open On Christmas

WESTBURY, N.Y. –New York State’s largest grocery workers Union is protesting the decision by A&P/Pathmark to open their stores on Christmas Day this year.

In a letter to company executives, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 cited the stress of the companies ongoing bankruptcy and urged “that as this very difficult year draws to a close, now more than ever we should respect and welcome a day off for reflection and uninterrupted time with friends and family.”

“Asking our members to work on Christmas Day shows a stunning lack of compassion and another example of this “War on Christmas” we seem to read about each day,” said UFCW Local 1500 Secretary Treasurer Anthony Speelman.

UFCW Local 1500 represents 23,000 grocery workers in Long Island, the five boroughs , Westchester, Putnam and Duchess counties.

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