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Tentative agreement reached between Stop & Shop, striking workers

Stop & Shop and its striking workers reached a preliminary agreement on Sunday evening, which ceased a 1 0-day stop that weakened New England's largest food chain – closed dozens of stores that delay food from Stop and shop workers who were in battle will return to work Monday morning, a union spokesman said Sunday evening. As with most modern work conflicts, the Standoff was largely over rising healthcare costs and pension plans reductions. The preliminary three-year agreements between Stop & Shop and the five United Food and Commercial Workers Union representatives representing the workers offer increased pay for all workers, as well as continued health coverage and retirement benefits, both sides said. Download Metro headers in your inbox: The 10 best local news from the Boston subway and around New England are delivered daily. The UFCW said in its statement that the agreement also maintains half-board on Sundays for current members. [19659011] Related links Read the statements from both sides A preliminary deal was reached on Sunday between Stop & Shop and thousands of striking workers. Here's a look at statements from each page. "According to this proposed contract, our members can focus on continuing to help customers in our communities enjoy the best shopping experience possible and to keep Stop & Shop's number one grocery store in New England," said the UFCW. The agreement is subject to ratification by the members of each of the five unions, the company says. A vote on the preliminary agreement will take…

Stop & Shop and its striking workers reached a preliminary agreement on Sunday evening, which ceased a 1

0-day stop that weakened New England’s largest food chain – closed dozens of stores that delay food from

Stop and shop workers who were in battle will return to work Monday morning, a union spokesman said Sunday evening.

As with most modern work conflicts, the Standoff was largely over rising healthcare costs and pension plans reductions.

The preliminary three-year agreements between Stop & Shop and the five United Food and Commercial Workers Union representatives representing the workers offer increased pay for all workers, as well as continued health coverage and retirement benefits, both sides said.

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The UFCW said in its statement that the agreement also maintains half-board on Sundays for current members. [19659011] Related links

“According to this proposed contract, our members can focus on continuing to help customers in our communities enjoy the best shopping experience possible and to keep Stop & Shop’s number one grocery store in New England,” said the UFCW.

The agreement is subject to ratification by the members of each of the five unions, the company says.

A vote on the preliminary agreement will take place as soon as possible, the Union spokesman said.

“Today, a powerful victory for Stop & Shop is 31,000 hard-working men and women who stood up to fight for what all New England’s want – good jobs, affordable care, better wages and being dealt with directly by the company they managed successfully [19659005] Stop & Shop said the workers’ top priority will redissolve their stores so they can “return to take care of our customers and communities and give them the service they deserve”, the company statement said.

The company said it appreciated “Patience and understanding for our customers during this time, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Stop & Shop.”

Words that a preliminary deal had been achieved spread quickly Sunday evening.

Larry Farnsworth said he expected to be at work on Monday at 7 pm at the Roslindale store where he manages the meat and shellfish sections. of the union.

“I’m happy to go back to work,” he said. “Glad they finally got something.”

Leeanne Noonan, who works at the Quincy store, said she wanted to see how the deal looked.

“I’m really glad this will be over,” she said in a short phone call. “I would like to come back [to work] as soon as possible.”

The strike, which involved 31,000 workers at 240 stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, began suddenly in the afternoon of April 11, minutes after union leaders sent a text telling the workers that it was time to leave the job.

The workers had voted to approve a strike weeks before, and they knew the negotiations were strained, but most had no idea that a strike was imminent until 15 minutes before it happened. Then at 1 o’clock they went up and left cheese in the slicer and the cookies without frost and went out the door.

An analyst called the most “effective and devastating” food store strike he had seen in 30 years.

The Quincy-based company, which started with a single store in Somerville in 1914 and grew to more than 400 stores around the Northeast, is owned by the Dutch company Ahold Delhaize, the fourth largest supermarket owner in the United Kingdom behind Walmart, Kroger and Albertsons , according to data from Progressive Grocer.

Average hourly pay for full-time employees is $ 21.30, according to Stop & Shop, but for the three-quarters of part-time workers, the average salary is $ 12.75 per hour, according to union.

The strike had a major impact on the Stop & Shop brand. During the first few days of the strike, visits to the grocery retail chain decreased by a good 75 percent over the previous weekend, according to data from Skyhook mobile devices, a Boston location technology and intelligence company. Dozens of stores were closed completely, according to trade union estimates.

In the shops that were open, the hours were opened. Deli, seafood, bakery and customer service counters were shut down, meat choices were limited and service stations closed. Deliveries to some stores were delayed, with traders who refused to cross picket lines and striking workers who blocked the trucks. Many shelves and parking lots were largely empty.

Analysts for the food industry estimated that Stop & Shop lost $ 2 million per day a week until Easter and Easter, the largest purchasing week so far. [19659005] Before the preliminary deal was announced, Marcel Desorcie, 63, was among workers who went on the picket line Sunday morning outside Stop & Shop at the South Bay Center in Dorchester.

He had decided to strike as a result of the company’s previously proposed cuts to his pension program, he said. He found the company proposal “insulting,” he said.

“This has been my full-time job for almost 20 years now, and they are suddenly [they’re] and say,” You are not as valuable to us anymore as you used to be, “Desorcie said.

The company is one of the last remaining trade unions in the industry and facing increased competition from competitors with lower labor costs and operating costs.

Public support for unions is at a 15-year level, according to a Gallup vote in August, where 62 percent of Americans expressed support for unions.

The strike drew a lot of attention from democratic presidential people, including Senator Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Joe Biden, the former vice president.

Food influence follows others in recent months. The past year and 7,700 Marriott workers in eight cities, including Boston, hit in the fall at the same time. [19659005] Sterling Hawkins, founder of the Center for Advance Retail & Technology, said traditional grocery stores have seen a tide of e-commerce over the past decade but have moved to respond only in the next two years since Amazon acquired whole foods.

“The pressure of older physical stores is now through the ceiling, and they are responding by trying to cut some of their costs” and allocating these savings to new tools to compete in the market, Hawkins Globe said last week. “Therefore, the strike.”

Globe correspondents Alejandro Serrano and Sophia Eppolitio contributed to this report. Katie Johnston can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ktkjohnston . John Hilliard can be reached at [email protected]

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