Yesterday’s release of a health care study showing heavy use of the state-funded uncompensated care pool and MassHealth programs by employees of large employers – and of Stop & Shop in particular – led Charley to ask why Lieutenant Governor candidate Deb Goldberg, whose family founded Stop & Shop, was so proud of its record of providing health care to its employees in her conversation with us. Alert commenter Patrick Hart chimed in that Stop & Shop was the target of a corporate takeover in the 1980s, which would seem to explain it, as Charley noted in an update to his post.
I asked the Goldberg campaign for confirmation. Campaign spokesperson Jennifer Kritz told me that, sure enough, Goldberg’s family has had no involvement with Stop & Shop since 1988. According to Kritz, Goldberg sees the takeover as having taken the company out of the hands of people who really cared about their employees. Kritz added that when Goldberg’s family ran the chain, all full-time and part-time employees were offered health care and pension benefits. Goldberg was confident that Stop & Shop would not be on that list if her family still ran the company.
So there you have it.