In a statement, the company said it had reached “fair preliminary agreements” with unions representing its 31,000 employees in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. BOSTON —— The strike for Stop & Shop employees is over, the company said Sunday night. The provisional three-year contracts obtained last night have yet to be ratified by the members of the five inhabitants of the UFCW. Stop & Shop said the agreements increase the salaries of all employees and continue to provide “excellent health coverage” as well as defined benefit pension benefits for all authorized employees. As teachers` strikes disrupted classes, the Stop & Shop strike hit the supermarket chain`s end result. Analysts believe the company lost about 2 million $US a day during the outage, which certainly put pressure on executives to make a better offer to workers. A former NHL player for the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche, defenseman Ray Bourque, was seen crossing a picket line to shop at a Massachusetts store. Bourque apologized and promised to leave the picket line in solidarity as soon as a medical problem is resolved. A previous three-year contract expired on February 23 and workers had protested what they saw as cuts in the new contract for health care, home wages and other benefits. Stop & Shop continued negotiations with the union throughout the strike. Stop & Shop employees and company representatives have reached a preliminary agreement ending a nearly two-week strike at 240 stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Stop &Shop said it was “happy that our employees are returning to work after the strike is over.” However, the three-year agreement is still subject to ratification by five members of the Food and Enterprise Workers` Union (UFCW).
The strike has received support from several likely and current Democratic presidential candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as well as Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, including the campaign team of a U.F.C.W. unit. Stop & Shop and their striking unions in New England reached a tentative agreement on Easter Sunday to end an 11-day work stoppage that had closed some stores, left workers without pay and became a theme in the nascent presidential race. Workers` struggle to maintain wages and benefits quickly gained the support of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg, as well as potential candidate Joe Biden. Their reaction to the stop & shop strike indicated that in 2020, Democrats would work hard to regain their traditional influence over union voters. Neither side announced the terms of the provisional agreement. Department heads and full-time employees were told to report to work on Monday morning, while other employees were told they would be contacted through their work plan, reports made public read.
Many customers also appeared to be behind the striking Stop & Shop employees. To assess the impact of the strike, location data specialist Skyhook conducted a pedestrian traffic analysis of anonymized mobile devices that usually visit Stop & Shop once a week in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and verified that these customers no longer went to Stop & Shop during that time and instead went to another grocery store. The three-year interim agreements are subject to ratification by local union members, the company said. These include higher remuneration for all associated companies and for eligible employees, “excellent health insurance” and “continuously defined” pension benefits. After more than three months of negotiations and 11 days of strike action, more than 30,000 Stop & Shop employees reached a preliminary agreement with the supermarket chain, which they said was responding to its demands for improved wages and health care. . . .