Stop & Shop Employees Return to Work After Unions Announce Tentative Agreements

Process of restocking shelves will begin immediately with stores expected to reopen at 8 a.m. Monday

What to Know

  • The grocery chain and labor unions reached new three-year agreements Sunday.
  • Most stores reopened at 8 a.m. Monday with the restocking process beginning immediately.
  • Some stores may remain closed, experience limited service or a reduced product selection for several days, according to the company.

Stop & Shop employees returned to work on Monday after their labor unions reached tentative agreements on Sunday night, ending 11 days of an employee strike.

Stores opened at 8 a.m. on Monday and company spokesperson said a small number of stores might remain closed or have a limited product selection for several days.

Missi Nadeau, a Stop & Shop employee, said she is thrilled to be back at work.

“We’re very happy to be back at work,” she said.

The new three-year agreement includes pay increases for all associates, continues health coverage for eligible associates and ongoing defined benefit pension benefits for all who are eligible, according to Jennifer Brogan, the director of external communications and community relations for Stop & Shop.

The agreements were made with UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459, which represent 31,000 associates across Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Local 919 posted on its website that all department managers and regularly scheduled full-time staff should report to their stores at 7:30 a.m. Monday. The union said part-time and additional full-time employees would receive updates Monday morning.

The agreements are subject to ratification votes by members of each of the unions locals.

"We deeply appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers during this time, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Stop & Shop," Brogan wrote in an email.

"We are incredibly grateful to our customers and everyone who proudly stood together with us every day for a contract that invests in the communities we serve, and makes Stop & Shop a better place to work and a better place to shop," the union said in a statement released Sunday night.

The process of restocking store shelves will begin immediately.

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