QUINCY, Mass. (AP) – Representatives of supermarkets and unions are resuming negotiations as workers in southern New England prepare for the third time a walkout.
A spokeswoman for Stop & Shop confirmed that contract negotiations with the United Food and Commercial Workers resumed on Saturday afternoon with the federal mediators involved.
Thousands of unionized workers at Stop & Shop left work Thursday because of what they say is an unfair contract offer.
Many of them have formed picket lines around 240 Stop & Shop sites in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The company based in Quincy, Massachusetts, has maintained most of the open sites by hiring temporary workers.
The company says its proposal includes widespread increases and better health and retirement benefits than most grocery retailers. But the union says the increases would be absorbed by higher health costs.