Stop & Shop Labor Communications

2019 Negotiations with UFCW Locals (New England)

At Stop & Shop, we’re committed to providing excellent service, quality products and great value to our customers – and to being a great place to work for our more than 31,000 associates throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

To learn more key facts about Stop & Shop’s negotiations, click below (UPDATED 3/15/19).
Negotiations Key Facts

We’re proud to be working with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459 to reach a new contract for the Stop & Shop associates they represent. We’re focused on ensuring that Stop & Shop remains one of the strongest food retail employers in the region with a new contract that continues to provide:

  •  Competitive wages;
  •  Affordable, flexible health care for every eligible employee; and
  •  Secure retirement benefits
  •  To learn more about the benefits we offer our associates, click below.
Employee Benefits Information

A fair, new agreement also must reflect the rapid changes and increasing competition that are reshaping our industry. Any new contract must ensure that Stop & Shop can continue to offer customers the service, selection and value they expect. And it must enable us to continue investing in our people, stores and business – as well as in critical technological innovations – to ensure our long-term success.

We look forward to our negotiations with the UFCW locals and a strong, collaborative agreement that continues to reward our associates and maintain Stop & Shop’s position as a leading employer, trusted resource and vital community partner across the region.

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Update - March 14, 2019

In the last several bargaining sessions, Stop & Shop has made a wide scope of monetary proposals - and other proposal modifications - that would improve the overall compensation package for our current associates and would, we believe, create a solid foundation for new contracts. We remain committed to continuing to provide our associates with highly competitive wages, comprehensive health care coverage and, unlike any other area food retailers, a defined benefit pension.

Although no additional dates have been scheduled, we remain available, as always, for more negotiation dates and hope to receive substantive and constructive union responses to our recent suggestions.

Update - March 9, 2019

Contract negotiations are continuing between Stop & Shop and the five New England area UFCW union locals, including two additional days of discussions this past week. Prior contracts with the union locals expired on February 23, but contract negotiations often extend beyond the expiration date.

More negotiation sessions are scheduled next week on March 13 and 14. Stop & Shop remains committed to working diligently and in good faith with the union locals to reach new agreements.

Update - February 24, 2019

We understand that the members of one of the five union locals have voted to authorize a strike, although this does not necessarily mean the union actually will initiate a strike. Negotiations will continue this week, and we are continuing to negotiate in good faith and remain committed to reaching a resolution as quickly as possible.

Full-time Stop & Shop associates are among the highest paid food retail workers in the region, and we are working hard to reach strong new contracts that will continue to provide Stop & Shop associates with competitive wages and affordable health care for eligible associates. Stop & Shop also has committed up to $2 billion to upgrade our stores over the next several years to better serve our customers and communities as we also lower prices and expand opportunities for our associates.

We are proud of our relationship with our associates and optimistic that we will be able to reach a new agreement.

Update - February 23, 2019

On February 22 and 23, Stop & Shop continued negotiations with the UFCW Local Unions that represent 31,000 Stop & Shop associates throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The current three-year contracts expire February 23; however, negotiations will continue next week.

Stop & Shop is one of the few remaining union grocers in the New England market. Most of Stop & Shop’s primary competitors, such as Market Basket, Wegman’s, Amazon/Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi’s and Walmart are all non-union with much lower labor costs. This week in negotiations, Stop & Shop offered proposals that would ensure full-time associates continue to be among the highest paid food retail workers in the region and would continue to provide eligible associates with a comprehensive benefit package that includes affordable health care, while allowing our company to succeed in a rapidly changing industry.

We look forward to having discussions with the unions next week and remain committed to reaching new agreements as quickly as possible.

Update - February 22, 2019

We are working hard to reach strong new contracts that ensure that Stop & Shop continues to be a great place to work, with competitive wages and affordable health care for eligible associates. Full-time Stop & Shop associates are among the highest paid food retail workers in the region. Stop & Shop has committed up to $2 billion to upgrade our stores over the next several years to better serve our customers and communities as we also lower prices and expand opportunities for our associates.

The current three-year contracts with UFCW locals in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island expire on February 23. However, contract negotiations may extend beyond the expiration date.

We are proud of our relationship with our associates and optimistic that we will be able to reach a new agreement. We are continuing to negotiate in good faith and remain committed to reaching a resolution as quickly as possible.

Update - February 17, 2019

To learn more about the competitive marketplace Stop & Shop operates in, as well as a look at the comprehensive benefits, family health care coverage, and benefit pension plan Stop & Shop provides, click the link below:

Benefits overview

Update - February 11, 2019

Negotiations for new contracts continued last week between Stop & Shop and the UFCW Local Unions that represent 31,000 Stop & Shop associates throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Together, we made further progress on narrowing the gap on non-economic items, and, on February 8, Stop & Shop presented an offer on economic terms for discussion.

Stop & Shop’s economic proposal is built on continuing to provide competitive wages and benefits to our associates. While reflecting the rapid changes and increasing competition that are reshaping our industry, this offer continues to provide full-time associate wages and benefits that, on average, are better than what our competitors provide.

Stop & Shop is available to meet and continue negotiations in good faith. We look forward to continuing our discussions with the UFCW Locals.

Update: February 5, 2019

On January 31, 2019, Stop & Shop and the UFCW Local Unions that represent more than 31,000 associates throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut concluded two weeks of bargaining for a new contract. Together, we have made initial progress on non-economic items but have not yet turned to the economic elements of a new agreement.

At Stop & Shop, we are proud to be an important part of our local communities and an excellent place to work for our associates. We provide a competitive compensation package for our associates and, in most cases, our full-time associates are paid much higher than our regional competition. We provide all eligible associates with health care benefits at a very low cost to the associates and their families. Additionally, Stop & Shop is one of the few remaining grocery retailers in this region that provide full- and part-time employees with a traditional defined benefit pension.

Remaining one of the strongest food retail employers in the region continues to be our priority as we work with the UFCW to establish a new contract for our associates.

Negotiations are expected to resume on February 6, 2019.

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To learn more key facts about Stop & Shop’s negotiations, click below (UPDATED 3/15/19).
Negotiations Key Facts

1. When did the current contract with the UFCW Locals expire?
The current, three-year contracts with the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island expired on February 23, 2019. Contract negotiations can extend beyond the expiration date. Stop & Shop is committed to working diligently with the union to reach a new agreement.

2. When do contract talks begin?
Stop & Shop began formal negotiations with the five UFCW Locals began on January 14, 2019.

3. Which UFCW Local unions are involved?
UFCW Local 328 (Rhode Island), Local 371 (Connecticut), Local 919 (Connecticut), Local 1445 (Massachusetts) and Local 1459 (Massachusetts).

4. Will you negotiate with each of the unions separately or all five as a group?
Stop & Shop will negotiate with the five union locals as a group.

5. What happens in contract negotiations?
A contract negotiation is a two-way process of give-and-take. Stop & Shop and the unions will each identify a range of issues that they want to discuss during negotiations. The company and the union group will then exchange contract proposals – possibly many times – in an effort to find common ground on the issues that are important to associates and their families, Stop & Shop and the unions.

6. What will happen if a new agreement isn’t reached?
It is not unusual for contract negotiations to extend beyond the expiration date. Stop & Shop is committed to working diligently with the unions to reach a new agreement.

7. What does Stop & Shop hope to achieve at the bargaining table?
We are committed to ensuring that Stop & Shop remains one of the strongest food retail employers in the region with a new agreement that continues to provide:

  •  Competitive wages;
  •  Affordable, flexible health care for every eligible employee; and
  •  Secure retirement benefits
  •  To learn more about the benefits we offer our associates, click below.
Employee Benefits Information

A fair, new agreement also must reflect the rapid changes and increasing competition that are reshaping our industry. Any new contract must ensure that Stop & Shop can continue to offer customers the service, selection and value they expect. And it must enable us to continue investing in our people, stores and business – as well as in critical technological innovations – to ensure long-term stability and success.

We are proud of our relationship with our associates and optimistic that we will be able to reach a new agreement. We are continuing to negotiate in good faith and remain committed to reaching a resolution as quickly as possible.