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Stop & Shop, UFCW Reach Tentative Deal, End Strike

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Mark Harold, grocery clerk at the Warwick Avenue Stop & Shop in Warwick, and K.D. Sabaria, front end manager at the store, wave to passing motorists honking in support of the striking workers Tuesday.

PROVIDENCE — Sunday night, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and Stop & Shop announced a tentative agreement on a new contract for 31,000 Stop & Shop workers following a 10-day strike over pension and health benefits.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Mark Harold, grocery clerk at the Warwick Avenue Stop & Shop in Warwick, and K.D. Sabaria, front end manager at the store, wave to passing motorists honking in support of the striking workers Tuesday.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Mark Harold, grocery clerk at the Warwick Avenue Stop & Shop in Warwick, and K.D. Sabaria, front end manager at the store, wave to passing motorists honking in support of the striking workers Tuesday.

“Under this proposedcontract,our members will

be able to focus on continuing to help customers in our communities enjoy thebest shopping experience possible and to keep Stop & Shop the number onegrocery store in New England. The agreement preserves health care andretirement benefits, provides wage increases, and maintains time-and-a-half payon Sunday for current members,” the union said in a joint statement prepared bythe five local union presidents.

Weare very pleased to announce Stop & Shop has reached fair new tentativeagreements with UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459, which represent our31,000 associates in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. We’re alsoglad to have our associates return to work as the strike has ended,” said Jennifer Brogan

Director of ExternalCommunications & Community Relations at Stop & Shop.

The tentative three-year agreements, which are subject toratification 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 alleligibleassociates.

Jessica Raimundo,spokesperson for the union, declined to offeradditional details on the agreement until union members are given anopportunity to review the new offer.

“We are incrediblygrateful to our customers and everyone who proudly stood together with us everyday for a contract that invests in the communities we serve, and makes Stop& Shop a better place to work and a better place to shop,” the unionstatement read.

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

“Today is a powerfulvictory for the 31,000 hardworking men and women of Stop & Shop whocourageously 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 companythey made a success,” the union stated in their announcement.

Author: Rob Borkowski

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