CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 30,000 Stop & Shop employees returned to work Monday bringing an end to a strike that lasted 11 days.
The tentative three-year agreements include a pay raise, revisions to the company’s offer on health insurance, and pension benefits to all eligible employees.
Stop & Shop made the announcement Sunday night.
The agreements were made with UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459, which represent 31,000 associates across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Workers and customers were at Stop and Shop locations in West Springfield and Chicopee Monday morning.
One customer said they’re glad the strike is over.
“As I was driving I heard over my radio that the strike has ended and I’m very happy I can now come here and do my shopping regularly,” Springfield resident Thomas Ogar said.
The company said a small number of stores may remain closed or have a limited product selection for several days.
That was the case at Stop and Shop in Chicopee where one shopper said she saw several empty shelves and closed registers.
“A lot of stuff was empty. A lot of meat cases and certain produce. Seems like they are working to get everything back in order and get everyone set to shopping here again,” Chicopee resident Lyndsay Hart said.
The director of External Communications & Community Relations for Stop & Shop told 22News the top priority now will be to restock its stores, in order to provide the best service for its customers.
The agreements are subject to ratification votes by members of each of the union’s locals.