April 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Chicopee, Mass – After several small strikes and seven weeks without a contract, workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets in southern New England voted overwhelmingly April 19 to ratify a three-year deal with the chain. The agreement covers five United Food and Commercial Workers locals that represent 35,000 Stop & Shop workers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
It includes raises retroactive to the end of the old contract Feb. 27, will add 480 full-time jobs, preserves the current pension plan, delays an increase in health-care costs for two years, and helps create a new scheduling system so workers will know their shifts two weeks in advance, the UFCW said in a statement. Local 1459 representative Jeff Jones estimated the Western Massachusetts union approved it by an 11–1 ratio. “I think people were satisfied,” he said. “People were generally relieved to get this behind us.”Read more