USStop & Shop announces tentative agreements, ending strike

03:45  22 april  2019
03:45  22 april  2019 Source:   ctpost.com

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Stop & Shop employees are on strike after having been without a contract since February, and are resisting the company's attempts to cut pay, benefits, vacation and personal time. Board of Representative Nina more. Photo: Matthew Brown, Hearst Connecticut Media.

Stop & Shop reached a tentative contract deal with the union representing more than 30,000 New England employees of the supermarket chain, ending the biggest private-sector strike in years. “The agreement preserves health-care and retirement benefits, provides wage increases, and maintains

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According to a statement from Shop & Shop, the grocery chain “has reached fair new tentative agreements with UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459, which represent our 31,000 associates in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.”

The company said it will be happy to see its employees return to work “as the strike has ended.”

Stop & Shop said they are three-year agreements, subject to ratification votes by members of each local union.

These agreements include: increased pay for all associates and continued health coverage for eligible associates. They also include pension benefits for all eligible associates.

“Our associates’ top priority will be restocking our stores so we can return to taking care of our customers and communities and providing them with the service they deserve,” the statement said. “We deeply appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers during this time, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Stop & Shop.”

There were no additional specifics provided.

Employees went on strike 11 days ago.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) issued a statement, calling the end of the strike that began on April 11 a “powerful victory.”

“We are incredibly grateful to our customers and everyone who proudly stood together with us every day for a contract that invests in the communities we serve,” the statement said.

The UFCW statement said under the proposed contract, health care and retirement benefits are preserved, wage increases are provided and time-and-a-half pay on Sunday for current members will be maintain.

“Today is a powerful victory for the 31,000 hardworking men and women of Stop & Shop who courageously stood up to fight for what all New Englanders want — good jobs, affordable health care, a better wage and to be treated right by the company they made a success,” the UFCW statement said.

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