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
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.
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.