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Talks will continue today to try to hammer out a contract for 40,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, unions say workers won’t walk out on strike Friday.

All five locals involved in the contract talks have now issued notice to the company that they could take strike action. But talks continued Thursday, with both sides saying progress has been made, and union representatives say they’ll stay at the table for the time being.

Locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have now told their members to be ready for a ratification vote this Sunday, in the event that there’s a contract to present to them. Wages have proved the most difficult sticking point, with at least one local saying that a company proposal presented Wednesday was completely unacceptable. Union negotiators will review the company’s latest offer at talks today.

The contract talks affect around 15,000 workers in Connecticut. The two locals representing those workers will meet with their members at 10am on Sunday, with union reps saying they hope they’ll be able to recommend the company’s offer.

For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.