Tentative Deal Ends Stop & Shop Strike

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

Stop & Shop employees are scheduled to clock back into work Monday, April 22 after a late night tentative deal reached on Easter Sunday ended a work stoppage at New England’s largest grocery store chain at locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

During the strike, dozens of stores—including North Andover and Methuen—turned away shoppers on one of the biggest holiday shopping weekends of the year as employees petitioned for higher wages and improved healthcare benefits.

As part of the new three-year deals between Stop & Shop and the five United Food and Commercial Workers union representing employees, wages, medical and retirement benefits are set to increase, a company spokesperson said.

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