Stop & Shop, Workers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

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BOSTON (AP) — Stop & Shop supermarket workers and company officials say they’ve reached a tentative contract agreement.

Both parties said in news releases Sunday that a tentative three-year agreement has been reached between the company and the United Food and Commercial Workers union members who’ve been on strike since April 11.

Stop & Shop operates 12 stores on Cape Cod and two each on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

The union says “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.”

The company says 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.”

Members at 240 Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut had been on strike. The company says the strike has ended.

An email sent to employees from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Sunday night said that for the time being, all department managers and regularly scheduled daytime full-time members should report to their store at 7:30 A.M. Monday.

Additional full and part-time members, were expected to receive a phone call from their store no later than 12 P.M. Monday to get their schedule for the week.

Further details of the tentative deal will be available at local contract ratification meetings in the coming days.

“Be proud of what you have accomplished on the line, thank your friends, neighbors and customers who signed petitions, brought food, and shared your message with the world. And most importantly, thank your union family who stood through bad weather and tough times to hold the line with you,” read the letter sent to union workers.

“The message you sent by collectively standing up for yourselves, your families, and for good jobs has resonated not only with the company, but all of America,” it stated.


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