Talks to develop a new contract for 40,000 Stop & Shop workers will continue Tuesday, after a weekend deadline passed with no agreement. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
Stop & Shop workers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts now enter their second week working without a contract, after a week of extended talks failed to produce a deal. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union presented a proposal to the company Saturday night, but negotiators for Stop & Shop rejected it, and talks ended midday Sunday.
Now the union says the company must come back with a counter-proposal, including new terms on wages, pensions and health benefits. There are indications the two sides have narrowed their differences on most issues, but wage increases remain contentious. Union members have voted to authorize a strike, should the talks break down, but both sides say they’ll be back at the table Tuesday, with the company saying they’re continuing to make progress. Union negotiatiors say they continue to be concerned by a company proposal to increase the amount of workers’ contributions towards healthcare.
For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.