QUINCY, Mass. (AP) – Supermarket and trade union officials resume negotiations, as workers in southern New England are on their third day of departure.
A spokeswoman from Stop & Shop confirmed contractual agreements with United Food and Commercial Employees resumed Saturday afternoon with federal mediators involved.
Thousands of volunteers for Stop & Shop left the job on Thursday over what they say is an unfair contract offer.
Many have formed picket lines around some 240 Stop & Store locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Quincy, Massachusetts-based company has kept most places open by hiring temporary workers.
The company says the proposal includes increased sales and health and pension benefits better than most food retailers. But the union says that the increase will be eaten up by higher health costs.