Tentative deal sends Stop & Shop employees back to work

After more than 10 days on picket lines, Stop & Shop workers returned to the job on Monday morning following the agreement between the unions and management on a tentative three-year deal. Details were not disclosed.

The company said the deals, which must be ratified by the unions representing 31,000 people in three states, include increased pay for all workers, "continued excellent health coverage" for those who are eligible and "ongoing defined benefit pension benefits" for those who are eligible.

The strike began on April 11 when workers walked off the job to protest proposed cuts to health care benefits, take-home pay and other benefits, according to the union. "Under this proposed contract, our members will be able to focus on continuing to help customers in our communities enjoy the best shopping experience possible and to keep Stop & Shop the number one grocery store in New England," the United Food and Commercial Workers said in a statement Sunday evening. Picket lines outsid e Massachusetts Stop & Shop stores became a popular place to find Democrats running for president in 2020.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, not yet an official candidate, made a well-publicized appearance in Dorchester last week. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren brought Dunkin' to picketing workers in Somerville. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar each visited striking workers, in Malden and Somerville respectively, on Friday.

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