Stop & Shop, union reach tentative contract deal

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The Stop & Shop strike appears to be over.

After an 11-day walkout, the thousands of union employees of the supermarket chain across Southern New England, including Berkshire County, should be back on the job by Monday.

Both parties said in news releases Sunday evening that a tentative three-year agreement has been reached between the company and the United Food and Commercial Workers union members who've been walking picket lines since April 11. The UFCW had been working under the previous contract that expired Feb. 23.

Details of the new deal weren't made public and it still has to be ratified by the five UFCW locals involved, including Local 1459 representing the roughly 1,300 Stop & Shop workers in Western Massachusetts.

The one supermarket in North Adams and two in Pittsfield employee between 300 and 400 of Local 1459 members.

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In its statement, the UFCW said, "Today is a powerful victory for the 31,000 hardworking men and women of Stop & Shop who courageously stood up to fight for what all New Englanders want."

Full-time employees and the day shifts were told Sunday evening to report to work by 7:30 a.m. Monday.

"The top priority [of the workers] will be restocking our stores so we can return to taking care of our customers and communities and providing them with the service they deserve," Stop & Shop stated in its release.

Since the strike began, most Stop & Shop stores were open with limited services. The deli, bakery, meat and seafood areas were closed and only the self-checkout lanes were open for what few customers crossed the picket lines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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