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Facts on Pension

Stop & Shop is the only fully unionized large supermarket company in New England. Our full-time associates are among the industry’s highest paid.


We have made a fair, responsible offer to the UFCW New England locals and want you to see exactly what we have proposed. We encourage you to read our full offers on the Contracts page.

Negotiation Key Facts Sheet

Stop & Shop's offer includes:

Pay increases for all associates. Stop & Shop’s proposed wage package would be among the best UFCW retail contracts in the country. It also includes no changes to Sunday time-and-a-half premiums for current or future full-time associates, and current Sunday premium dollar amounts for current part-time associates.
Facts on Wages

Excellent health care coverage for eligible associates. Stop & Shop would pay at least 92% of health premiums for family coverage and at least 88% for individual coverage – much more than what other large retail employers pay. Associates would pay only $2 to $4 more per week each year for premiums and would see no increase in their already low deductibles.
Facts on Health Care

Increased contributions to defined benefit pension for all associates, 100% funded by the company. There would be no cuts to pension benefits associates already have earned. Going forward, 20% increase in the company’s contribution to the pension fund to keep benefits growing under the funds’ rules at the same rate for current full- and vested part-time associates.
Facts on Pension

No changes in paid vacations, holidays, or sick days for current associates. New full-time associates would receive up to 8 paid holidays and 5 paid sick days, while new part-time associates would receive up to 6 paid holidays. Competitors in the area generally offer 6-8 paid holidays.

We have made a fair, responsible offer to the UFCW New England locals and want you to see exactly what we have proposed.

  •   Pay increases for all associates.

  •   Excellent Health care coverage for eligible associates – at costs far below what employees at other companies pay.

  •   Keeping a defined benefit pension for all associates, 100% funded by the company.
  •   No changes in paid vacations, holidays, or sick days for current associates.


    We encourage you to read our full offers:

These negotiations have produced a lot of misinformation about Stop & Shop’s proposals. We want to make sure you have the facts.

Myth, Stop & Shop is requesting unfair increases in theamounts associates pay for health care coverage. Fact, this is Misleading. Eligible Stop & Shop associates would still pay well below the national average for health premiums. Details include: First, much lower shares of premiums than national average – and yearly increases of only $2-$4 per week. Second, limited increases to prescription co-pays. Third, no changes to out-of-pocket maximums for Locals 371 and 919. Fourth, out-of-pocket maximums for Locals 1445, 1459 and 328 equal to what Stop & Shop associates in Locals 371 and 919 currently have.
Myth, Stop & Shop is asking associates to pay more for health care coverage than employees at other companies. Fact, this is false. Stop & Shop would pay at least 92% of premiums for family coverage and at least 88% for individual overage. Other large retail companies pay, on average, only 72% of family premiums and 80% of individual premiums.
*Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, 2018 Employer Health Benefits Survey, Figure 6.22
Myth, Stop & Shop is eliminating health coverage for spouses. This is false. No spouse would lose access to health care coverage. Spouses are eligible for health care coverage unless they have available coverage through their own employer.
Myth, Stop & Shop will force associates to change their health care providers. This is false. Stop & Shop has not proposed changing health care providers.
First myth, Stop & Shop is trying to eliminate pension benefits for its associates. This is false. Stop & Shop continues to offer a defined benefit pension for all associates, 100% funded by the company – a rare benefit in the New England food retail industry. Second myth, Stop & Shop is trying to cut employee pension benefits. This is false. Company pension fund contributions would increase – at no cost to associates – to maintain current benefits accrual rates for current full- and vested part-time associates. Previously accrued benefits are locked in and can not be cut by the company.
First myth, Stop & Shop is cutting associate pay. This is false. Stop & Shop has o?ered pay increases for all associates. Second myth, Stop & Shop is eliminating time-and-a-half on Sundays. This is false. Stop & Shop has proposed no changes to Sunday time-and-a-half premiums for current and future full-time associates. Current part-time associates would, at a minimum, keep their current Sunday premium dollar amounts. New part-time associates would also get premium pay. Third myth, Stop & Shop is replacing wage increases with one-time bonuses. This is false. Nearly all associates would receive wage rate increases. There are fewer than 100 associates (out of 31,000 in New England) who would receive bonuses annually rather than an hourly wage increase.

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UFCW NEGOTIATIONS 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 17, 2019

A message from President Mark McGowan to our associates

Dear Colleagues,

As negotiations on a new contract continue, I know we are all united in our hope that this situation is resolved soon and that we can all get our energies back to being fully focused on our customers. Negotiations continued today and will resume tomorrow morning. In the meantime, there are two observations that I want to share.

1. Keeping Our Locations Safe

First, it is important to remember that this strike will eventually be over, hopefully very soon, and there will ultimately be an agreement in place on fair new contracts. I hope everyone will keep that in mind, particularly in your interactions with our customers, friends and neighbors – as well as with fellow associates at Stop & Shop.

I deeply respect your right to picket. It is part of the civil discourse that is so central to our democracy. On several occasions, however, protests have gone far beyond civil – and customers and employees have been threatened, intimidated or put in situations that felt dangerous or disrespectful. That and illegal actions are things that we will – and I will – absolutely not stand for. We have a responsibility to make sure that everyone on Stop & Shop property is safe at all times, and we take this commitment very seriously.

Please remember that those stopping by Stop & Shop locations are our customers and our neighbors, and we want them to come back as fully engaged shoppers when we are back at full speed. So, certainly make your case, but I hope you will keep this in mind.

2. Getting the Facts behind the Union and Company Contract Proposals

Second, the contract proposals being discussed by the unions and the company cover a lot of important ground – wages, health care, pensions, holidays, etc. Given how much misinformation is flying around about what has been offered, we have worked hard to make sure the facts are available in a transparent, candid way.

This has included providing Stop & Shop’s complete contract proposals below so you have full access to the facts. If you haven’t had a chance to look at them, I hope you will take a few minutes to see how these proposals provide for associates while ensuring that Stop & Shop can remain successful in an intensely competitive, rapidly changing industry. We have also provided some new information on the proposals around health care, pensions, wages, and frequent misperceptions that you may find useful.

I look forward to negotiations continuing between the unions and Stop & Shop tomorrow.

Hand signature of Mark McGown

Update: The facts about Stop & Shop’s wage proposal:

Pay increases for all associates.

A wage package among the best UFCW retail contracts in the country.

No changes to Sunday time-and-a-half premiums for current and future full-time associates. Current Sunday premium dollar amounts for current part-time associates.

  •   In their first year, future part-time associates would receive Sunday premiums of the greater of $1/hour or the minimum required by law and, after that, the greater of $2/hour or the minimum required by law.

There are fewer than 100 associates (out of 31,000 in New England) who would receive bonuses annually rather than an hourly wage increase.

For a downloadable version of these facts, click here.

Update: April 16, 2019

The UFCW locals and Stop & Shop continued negotiations today. Our goal remains the same – reaching a fair new agreement and returning our focus to doing what we do best – taking care of our customers.

Our defined benefit pension plan for all union associates – 100 percent funded by the company – is an important part of these negotiations. Given misunderstandings about this topic, we want to provide an overview of the facts. Please see the overview below for a summary or click here for a downloadable version.

More information on the contracts that Stop & Shop has proposed is available below.

The facts about Stop & Shop’s pension proposal:

Keeping the defined benefit pension for all associates, 100% funded by the company.

  •   Just 4% of privately employed Americans have only a defined benefit pension for retirement. (source CNN Money’s Ultimate Guide to Retirement)

No cuts to pension benefits associates already have earned.

20% increase in the company’s contributions to the pension fund to keep benefits growing under the funds’ rules at the same rate for current full- and vested part-time associates.

  •   Increased pension fund contributions are at no cost to associates.

Nearly all other companies, if anything, only provide access to a 401(k) plan funded by employees, possibly with an employer match.

Associate pension benefits are managed by the UFCW pension funds, whose trustees include representatives of the union and employers in the plan.

Update: April 15, 2019

Negotiations are continuing with the UFCW union locals, again with the support of federal mediators.

Providing excellent health care for eligible associates continues to be an important part of our offer. There is a lot of misinformation out there on this topic, and we’d like you to have the facts. Please read below or click here to download a summary.

The facts about Stop & Shop’s health care proposal:

Stop & Shop would pay at least 92% of health premiums for family coverage and at least 88% for individual coverage – much more than what other large retail employers pay.

  •  The federal government only pays 72% of its employees’ health premiums.
  •  Associates would pay 9-12% of individual coverage premiums or 6-8% of family premiums (depending on the local contract) – compared to national averages of 20% for individual coverage, 28% for families (source: Kaiser Family Foundation).

Even with national health care costs increasing rapidly, associates still would pay well below the national average for health premiums.

  •  We’ve minimized increases to only $2-$4 per week each year.

Deductibles would not increase or change – and have been a low $200-$300 since 2007.

  •  Limited increases to prescription co-pays.

Spouses are eligible for health care coverage unless their own employer offers health care.

No proposed changes to health care providers or networks.

In Local 371 and 919, no changes to out-of-pocket maximums and in Locals 1459, 1445 and 328, out-of-pocket maximums would match what Local 371 and 919 already have in their plan for Stop & Shop associates – which are still considerably lower than the national average.

Update: April 14, 2019

Negotiations on new contracts for Stop & Shop’s 31,000 associates in New England continued today with the support of federal mediators. Discussions are scheduled to continue on Monday, April 15.

We will continue to provide updates as this situation develops.

More information on the contracts that Stop & Shop has proposed is available below.

Update: April 13, 2019

The UFCW local unions and Stop & Shop continued negotiations today on new contracts for Stop & Shop’s 31,000 associates in New England. Discussions are scheduled to resume on Sunday morning (April 14).

We will continue to provide updates as this situation develops. More information on the contracts that Stop & Shop has proposed are available below.

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.

Hand signature of Mark McGown
Update - April 12, 2019

The Facts about Stop & Shop’s Offer for Fair New Contracts


Stop & Shop is working hard on a fair new contract with the five UFCW New England-area local unions, and we wanted to make sure you have the facts:

Stop & Shop is offering pay increases for all associates.

  •   Stop & Shop’s wage package would make this among the best UFCW retail contracts in the country.
  •   The offer includes no changes to Sunday time-and-a-half premiums for full-time associates; current part-time associates would keep their current Sunday premium dollar amounts.

Stop & Shop continues to offer excellent health care coverage.

  •   Health plan deductibles would not change – and already are well below average.
  •   Associates’ share of health care premiums would remain well below national averages and increase only $2.00 to $4.00 per week each year.

Stop & Shop continues to offer a defined benefit pension for all associates.

  •   All existing, vested pension benefits continue.
  •   Company pension fund contributions would increase – at no cost to associates.

No changes in paid time off or holidays for current associates.

Stop & Shop is deeply committed to its associates. We are the last remaining large fully unionized retail grocery employer in New England and employ more than 31,000 associates in our stores with some of the local industry’s highest wages and best benefits.

As we have been for more than 100 years, Stop & Shop remains committed to providing fair and competitive compensation for our associates AND great value and service for our customers.

We encourage you to read our full offers and see for yourself at the links below.

For a downloadable version of these facts, click here.

Update - April 11, 2019

Given that negotiations with assistance of the federal mediators are continuing, we are disappointed that the UFCW chose to order a work stoppage in an attempt to disrupt service at our stores. Stop & Shop has contingency plans in place to minimize disruption.

Stop & Shop has proposed a good and reasonable offer to our union locals that includes:

  •   Across-the-board pay increases for all associates – no one’s pay would be cut;
  •   Continued “Gold Level” health care benefits for eligible associates – at a fraction of what employees at other retail companies pay and with no changes to already unusually low deductibles; and
  •   Increased company contributions to the UFCW’s defined benefit pension fund for current full- and vested part-time associates – a rare benefit in the New England food retail industry.

Additionally, this morning the company made several suggestions to the federal mediators to encourage further bargaining. The mediators gave those proposals to the Locals late in the morning. The Locals provided no counter proposals to the mediators and simply stated they were proceeding with their plans.

In contrast to the company’s proposal which is better than most recent UFCW contract settlements and responsive to heavy non-union competition, the unions proposed a contract that would increase the company’s costs. This would make our company less competitive in the mostly non-union New England food retail marketplace.

Stop & Shop remains ready and available to meet with the union locals at any time. We are committed to good faith bargaining and hope to reach new contracts as quickly as possible that both recognize and reward the great work of our associates and enable Stop & Shop to compete effectively in the rapidly changing New England grocery market.

Update: April 8, 2019

Negotiations continued last week with the five New England UFCW union locals with the support of several federal mediators. During these discussions, Stop & Shop improved its March 28 “Final Offer” and offered new, three-year collective bargaining agreements that provide overall pay and benefits better than most of our competitors and improvements for our associates. Because there have been inaccurate statements made about Stop & Shop’s positions in negotiations, we believe it is important for our customers and our associates to have access to the complete facts on Stop & Shop’s offer. That is why today we have made the offers to each of the five unions available in their entirety, as well as summaries of each offer, available by clicking on the buttons above.

These offers include:

  • Across-the-board pay increases for all associates – no one’s pay would be cut
  • Continued “Gold Level” health care benefits as defined by the federal government at substantially below-market costs for eligible associates – and no changes to current deductibles
  • Continued support for and increased company contributions to the UFCW’s national defined benefit pension fund for current full-and vested part-time associates – a very rare benefit in the New England retail industry; and
  • Generous "voluntary retirement incentive offers” for long service associates

Negotiations have been complex, largely because of factors specific to our region and industry – fierce competition from non-union retailers, new state mandates on minimum wage and paid sick leave, and increased costs related to health and retirement benefits. We believe this proposal represents a responsible balance that continues to keep Stop & Shop’s full-time associates among the highest paid in the industry while also providing pay increases and a wide range of benefits for those working full- or part-time schedules.

Our goal continues to be to reach fair new contracts as quickly as possible.



Update: March 28, 2019

This week Stop & Shop put new, substantially enhanced comprehensive offers on the table. Our latest offer includes:

  •  Across-the-board pay increases;
  •  Excellent, affordable health care benefits for eligible associates that qualify as federal “Gold Level” in quality, with associates’ share of the cost remaining far below what employees at most other companies pay; and
  •  Increased company contributions to the UFCW’s national defined benefit pension fund for full- and part-time associates.

Stop & Shop remains ready and available to meet with the union locals at any time. We will continue good faith bargaining and hope to reach fair new contracts as quickly as possible that both recognize and reward the great work of our associates and enable Stop & Shop to compete effectively in the rapidly changing, mostly non-union New England grocery market.

Additionally, 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.

For media inquiries, contact Director of External Communications Jennifer Brogan:

Phone: 774.279.1467

Email: [email protected]

Update - March 21, 2019

Stop & Shop and the five New England UFCW union locals will return to negotiations on Tuesday, March 26, Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28. Stop & Shop remains committed to good faith bargaining and to reaching fair new contracts as quickly as possible. We look forward to new agreements that continue to recognize and reward the great work of our associates with competitive wages and benefits and that enable Stop & Shop to compete effectively in the rapidly changing, largely non-union New England grocery market. 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.

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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Learn more about Stop & Shop’s offer for your union local. Download the Fact sheets:

Locals 371 & 919 Facts

Locals 1459 Facts

Locals 328 & 1445 Facts

April 18, 2019 – A message from President Mark McGowan to our associates

Dear Colleagues,

As negotiations on a new contract continue, I know we are all united in our hope that this situation is resolved soon and that we can all get our energies back to being fully focused on our customers. Negotiations continued today and will resume tomorrow morning. In the meantime, there are two observations that I want to share.

1. Keeping Our Locations Safe

First, it is important to remember that this strike will eventually be over, hopefully very soon, and there will ultimately be an agreement in place on fair new contracts. I hope everyone will keep that in mind, particularly in your interactions with our customers, friends and neighbors – as well as with fellow associates at Stop & Shop.

I deeply respect your right to picket. It is part of the civil discourse that is so central to our democracy. On several occasions, however, protests have gone far beyond civil – and customers and employees have been threatened, intimidated or put in situations that felt dangerous or disrespectful. That and illegal actions are things that we will – and I will – absolutely not stand for. We have a responsibility to make sure that everyone on Stop & Shop property is safe at all times, and we take this commitment very seriously.

Please remember that those stopping by Stop & Shop locations are our customers and our neighbors, and we want them to come back as fully engaged shoppers when we are back at full speed. So, certainly make your case, but I hope you will keep this in mind.

2. Getting the Facts behind the Union and Company Contract Proposals

Second, the contract proposals being discussed by the unions and the company cover a lot of important ground – wages, health care, pensions, holidays, etc. Given how much misinformation is flying around about what has been offered, we have worked hard to make sure the facts are available in a transparent, candid way.

This has included providing Stop & Shop’s complete contract proposals below so you have full access to the facts. If you haven’t had a chance to look at them, I hope you will take a few minutes to see how these proposals provide for associates while ensuring that Stop & Shop can remain successful in an intensely competitive, rapidly changing industry. We have also provided some new information on the proposals around health care, pensions, wages, and frequent misperceptions that you may find useful.

I look forward to negotiations continuing between the unions and Stop & Shop tomorrow.

Hand signature of Mark McGown
April 12, 2019 – A message from President 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.

Hand signature of Mark McGown