At Stop & Shop, we are back to doing what we do best – taking great care of our customers – and we’re pleased to have fair and responsible new contracts in place for all of our store associates in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
This has been a challenging period for everyone. However, together with the UFCW union locals, we were able to reach agreements that got the balance right, with strong rewards for associates plus significant, durable structural changes, particularly on health care, that will enable Stop & Shop to protect jobs, serve our customers, and compete successfully as New England’s only remaining fully-unionized large supermarket company.
As was our goal from the outset, we’re proud to have reached agreements that make our company stronger and more competitive, while ensuring that our associates continue to receive among the industry’s top pay and best benefits, with:
- Higher wages for full- and part-time associates, including continued Sunday premiums;
- Excellent, affordable health care coverage for all eligible associates;
- Increased pension contributions from the company; and
- A market-leading package of vacations and holidays.
We’re moving forward stronger than ever. Our associates are fired up, customers are returning, and our stores are getting back to full operations faster than expected. Our produce has never been fresher, Peapod deliveries are back on schedule, and we’re ready for Mother’s Day with fresh floral arrangements and plants.
We cannot thank our customers enough for their patience, confidence, and continued support, and we all look forward to continuing to provide them with the great service, selection, and value they expect and deserve.
Update: April 21, 2019
We are very pleased to announce Stop & Shop has reached fair new tentative agreements with UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459, which represent our 31,000 associates in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. We’re also glad to have our associates return to work as the strike has ended.
The tentative three-year agreements, which are subject to ratification votes by members of each of the union locals, include:
- Increased pay for all associates;
- Continued excellent health coverage for eligible associates; and
- Ongoing defined benefit pension benefits for all eligible associates.
Our associates’ top priority 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. We deeply appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers during this time, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Stop & Shop.
Update: April 20, 2019
Negotiations are continuing with the five UFCW local unions, and we remain committed to reaching a fair new agreement that has pay increases for all associates, continued health benefits for eligible associates and increased pension contributions.
We are continuing to serve our customers and communities over the holiday weekend, and Stop & Shop stores in MA, CT, and RI will be open from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Please note that some stores will remain closed, and customers should utilize the Store Finder on the Stop & Shop website to confirm hours for their local store. As a reminder, Bakery, Customer Deli, and Seafood counters will not be operational, and all pharmacies and banks will be closed - as they always are on the Easter holiday.
We also wanted to share some positive news with the holiday weekend upon us. In addition to working with our regional food bank partners to donate food for the hungry, Stop & Shop has been working with children’s hospitals, rescue missions, and other local organizations to donate toys, candy, and Easter baskets to children in need.
We will continue to update you.
Update: April 19, 2019
Stop & Shop and the five UFCW local unions are continuing negotiations into the evening. We remain focused on reaching fair new agreements that provide market-leading wages, excellent health benefits for eligible associates and increased pension contributions for all of our associates.
Update: April 18, 2019
Negotiations are continuing with the five UFCW local unions. Our primary goal remains to get our associates back to work with a contract that has pay increases for all associates, continued health benefits for eligible associates and increased pension contributions. We remain focused on getting back to fully serving our customers every day.
Update: April 12, 2019
A message from Mark McGowan to our associates
This is a challenging time, but I want you to know that I and the entire Stop & Shop team remain firmly committed to getting a fair new contract in place for all of our associates in New England. Our team is standing by and remains ready to continue negotiations anytime. We hope that the UFCW local unions return to the table to reach a fair and responsible contract now.
As a 28-year veteran of Stop & Shop, I want you to know how much I care about our associates. I stand behind the comprehensive offer we have placed on the table. Our offer provides pay increases for all associates, excellent health coverage with deductibles that would not change, increased contributions to the employee pension plans and no changes in paid time off or holidays for current associates. You can see for yourself in the offer summary fact sheets we have posted below.
Importantly, the offer also maintains a responsible balance in rewarding our associates, protecting jobs and serving our customers in a dramatically changing, mostly non-union environment. Stop & Shop has been an industry and community leader for more than 100 years, and we have every intention of remaining so for many years to come.
We want to get back to bargaining now on a new contract. We all want to focus again on doing what we do best -- taking care of our customers. Our associates and the communities we serve deserve nothing less.