Unionized supermarket workers in 3 states approve contract

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Unionized supermarket workers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have ratified a new contract that came out of an 11-day strike at New England’s biggest grocery chain.

The last of five United Food & Commercial Workers locals involved in the strike approved the contract with Stop & Shop on Wednesday. The locals represented about 31,000 workers.

The union didn’t release vote tallies but said the contract was approved “overwhelmingly.”

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The union says among other things, the new contract preserves health care, pension and premium pay benefits.

Quincy, Massachusetts-based Stop & Shop, a subsidiary of Dutch company Ahold Delhaize, says it lost as much as $110 million during the strike.

Stop & Shop President Mark McGowan in a statement said “we’re pleased to have fair and responsible new contracts in place.”

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