Blumenthal meeting with striking Stop & Shop workers as talks continue

Hartford

Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is scheduled to meet with striking supermarket workers as contract talks are expected to continue.

The Democrat planned to meet with workers at the Simsbury, Connecticut Stop & Shop on Sunday. Thousands of unionized supermarket employees across southern New England walked off the job on Thursday over what they say is an unfair contract.

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Stop & Shop says its discussions with the United Food and Commercial Workers are scheduled to resume Sunday morning.

Picket lines have formed around some 240 Stop & Shop locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The company says its proposal includes across-the-board pay raises and health and pension benefits better than most food retailers. But the union says raises would be eaten up by higher health care costs.

In a statement on Sunday, Stop & Shop President Mark McGowan said, in part, “I and the entire Stop & Shop team remain firmly committed to getting a fair new contract in place for all of our associates in New England, and our team is standing by to continue negotiations anytime…”

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