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
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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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