CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – After 11 days, the Stop & Shop strike is over and a tentative agreement has been reached.
Stop & Shop announced Sunday night it has reached a tentative agreement to end a strike by the United Food and Commercial Workers union that closed many of its stores for more than a week.
More than 31,000 employees across New England are expected to go back to work on Monday, after they have been off the job since April 11.
The tentative three-year agreements include:
- Increased pay for all associates
- Health coverage for eligible associates
- Pension benefits for eligible associates
Director of External Communications & Community Relations for Stop & Shop, Jennifer Brogan said the top priority now will be to restock its stores, in order to provide the best service for its customers.
One Chicopee man told 22News, he supports the company’s union workers and the demands they’ve requested.
“Being a fellow union member myself, it’s just important that people have fair wages, fair hours, fair benefits. You know, give them the overtime if they’re asking for it because we got to make money too,” Eric Diaz said. “It’s not just the corporations making money, we’re normal people, we gotta live too.”
The agreement will now need to be ratified by the unions.
The United Food and Commercial Workers union said they are happy an agreement has been made and excited to get back to work.