Stop & Shop locations across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut were forced to close Thursday afternoon after workers walked out in protest.
Thirty-one thousand employees at more than 240 stores went on strike in response to Stop & Shop's proposed contract, which the United Food & Commercial Workers union says would cut healthcare benefits and pensions.
Stop & Shop defended its wages and benefits and said it needed to cut labor costs to compete with nonunionized grocery chains such as Whole Foods, Costco, and Walmart.
Stop & Shop workers went on strike Thursday, protesting cuts on healthcare and pension benefits.
Thirty-one thousand employees of the Ahold Delhaize-owned regional grocery chain who are members of the United Food & Commercial Workers union walked out of their stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut on Thursday afternoon.
Workers at more than 240 locations left stores about 1 p.m., with some then picketing outside. Many stores â€” lacking employees â€” closed for a portion of the afternoon. The strike continued into Friday, but most of the stores reopened Friday morning with temporary replacement workers, a Stop & Shop representative told Business Insider.
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