Vargas, Minicucci Support Striking Stop & Shop Workers Across Merrimack Valley

State Reps. Andy Vargas (left) and Christina Minicucci (second from right) supported striking Stop & Shop workers across the Merrimack Valley. (Courtesy photograph)

As 31,000 Stop & Shop supermarket workers remain on strike across three states including Massachusetts, local leaders supported those on the picket line over the weekend in their fight for fair wages and health insurance.

Haverhill’s state Rep. Andy Vargas joined Rep. Christina Minicucci, who serves North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill, to chat with workers across the region there picketing with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328 and United Food and Commercial Workers Union International.

“Stop & Shop’s record profits come from resilient people. Their workers deserve a fair contract,” Vargas said Saturday.

Employees in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut walked off the job last week—forcing some stores to close—with cashiers, stockers, bakers, deli clerks and butchers among those out of work.

Federal mediators assisted with contract talks Monday, Stop & Shop corporate said in a statement on their website.

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