Union Unhappy With A&P/Pathmark Christmas Openings

WESTBURY, NY (WCBS 880) – We usually accept that, on certain days of the year, virtually everything is closed. Well, one company’s decision to open its businesses is causing controversy on Long Island.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

The grocery workers union calls the decision by A&P/Pathmark to open some of its stores on Christmas day Grinch-like.

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.”

Store management says it’s based on a commitment to serve its diverse community.

“Christmas should be a day for family, to be home with the family,” said one customer on Tuesday morning.

However, most WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs spoke with defended the Christmas day opening.

John from Westbury says it’s about choice.

“Why not? Somebody needs something on Christmas morning. What are they going to do?” he said. “I’m okay with it.”

A&P/Pathmark says those employees who work Christmas day will only be those who do so voluntarily.

What do you think? Should the supermarkets be open on Christmas? Sound off in the comments section below.

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  1. Every Pathmark associate says:

    Leave Christ in CHRISTmas. Christ is a Jewish carpenter. All people of all faiths admire Jesus excluding big bosses at #2 Paragon Drive; Montvale, New Jersey.

  2. Former Pathmark Ad Coordinator says:

    I am waiting for the ShopRite Can Can sale. Can’t Can’t wait. If A&P does not lower its higher price perception at its banners , Ms. Panaritis’s Inquirer piece is all for naught.

  3. The Realist says:

    Why would a union object to its members having the OPTION of working on Christmas and earning overtime pay? I’d love to have that OPTION.

  4. Jeannie Scudieri says:

    After all we had to give up this should be a day the store is closed!
    They will not make this voluntary.You will be scheduled.It’s another way to fire people who don’t show up for work.

  5. Mike says:

    What if you need something on Christmas day? Plan ahead and buy it the day before! You can bet everyone in the A&P corporate office from Sam Martin down will be home with their family in front of the fireplace on Christmas day.

  6. Dan says:

    Im sorry but family comes before the all mighty dollar. If you need something on Christmas Morning then do without. You will live. Keep the stores closed so people can be home. Family values over money everytime in my book.

  7. John says:

    Those who work will do so voluntarily, right,like we all volunteer to pay taxes. Business managed to survive the past wo hundred years while closing on major holidays but in this century families, our common cultural customs and our country be damned !

  8. Bill Comer says:

    According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, A&P/Pathmark workers just negotiated large concessions. The company will be taken private after New Years when it emerges from Chapter 11. by a huge Wall Street investment firm.whose own offices are CLOSED on Christmas day.

  9. p8nt says:

    Let the Unions have their way, when the company files for bankruptcy, and closes, let’s see where their members are going to go work !!

  10. Issie says:

    There are people who for whatever reason may not be celebrating Christmas this year – religious, not with family, etc – and working helps them through this holiday.

    I just say that anyone working on Christmas/New Year’s Day should definitely received 2x the daily compensation.

  11. KPMc says:

    “A&P/Pathmark says those employees who work Christmas day will only be those who do so voluntarily.”

    So what is the darn problem? Talk about complaining unnecessarily.

    ‘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.””

    Yes… in these trying times lets limit when people can work and the money they can earn. Lets limit companies’ potential to make a profit. That will surely help.

    MORONS!

  12. ProFromDover says:

    Ebenezer Scrooge lives on at the A&P. If you need something that badly on Christmas day — especially if you’re too myopic to plan ahead — just go to a 7-11, Kreutzers or an Arab bodega to pick up what you forgot. Sheesh, businesses like B&H close every week for the Sabbath and people manage to work around that. Christmas is only once a year.

  13. Concern says:

    Some Pathmark stores listed at escrip.com. Organized Labor can help Central Falls, RI by using Charity Search Engines.

  14. bullett says:

    ” Somebody needs something on Christmas morning. What are they going to do?”
    I find it unacceptable that big box stores find it necessary to be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day, when workers should be home enjoying time well spent with family & friends.
    I say, use your local Mom & Pop store.

  15. SFede says:

    Wow! Bah Humbug to all of you above!

  16. DCLaw-1 says:

    You have to love unions. Forget about accomodating the customers that make the union jobs possible. Why anybody would open a business, actory, or anything else in this country when it could be done overseas is a mystery.

  17. DanTe says:

    Look on the bright side….at least they have a job.

    1. I Luv U DanTe says:

      Exactly. And please note the last line of the story – working is VOLUNTARY…no doubt at a premium double-time wage. Cha-ching! Sign me up!

  18. Frank says:

    Some people just have to work like myself. I’d also rather have off, but that’s life sometimes.

  19. Bob says:

    As long as they don’t require anyone that recognizes Christmas as their Religious Holiday to work, it’s fine. If they fire someone who recognizes Christmas as their religious Hoilday and refuses to work, A&P/ Pathmark will be sued.

    1. DCLaw-1 says:

      You could only sue if they made you work on Christmas because you are Christian.

    2. Linda says:

      This year it’s voluntary–next year it’s policy

  20. Jack says:

    I say open on xmas day! They are on the brink of bankruptcy and needs to do whatever they can to make them survive. One day off may not kill them, but with their financial strength, it will hurt them. The employees can spend all the time they want with family if they go bankrupt.

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