Stop and Shop Strike Ends After 10 Days
Quincy, MA– Ten days after 31,000 Stop and Shop employees walked out in protest of their employer’s proposed cuts to wages, pension plans, and healthcare benefits, the regional grocery store chain has agreed to a deal with the union. The deal is being qualified as “tentative” since five union groups still need to take a vote to ratify the three-year contract, but employees are returning to work today.
Stop and Shop, based in Quincy, MA, issued a statement on Sunday saying:
“We are very pleased to announce Stop & Shop 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. We’re also glad to have our associates return to work as the strike has ended. The tentative three-year agreements, which are subject to ratification votes by members of each of the union locals, include:
Increased pay for all associates;
Continued excellent health coverage for eligible associates; and
Ongoing defined benefit 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. We deeply appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers during this time, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Stop & Shop.”
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union also issued a statement on the agreement, stating that the deal preserves time-and-a-half pay on Sundays for current members. UFCW said: “Under this proposed contract, our members will be able to focus on continuing to help customers in our communities enjoy the best shopping experience possible and to keep Stop & Shop the number one grocery store in New England.”
During their strike, Stop and Shop workers received shows of support from 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden. The strike had enormous impact across the three states, as shoppers chose to go elsewhere for groceries rather than cross the picket line. Today Stop and Shop employees will be restocking the shelves so that customers can return.