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Stop & Shop workers receive pay raise, additional paid sick leave amid coronavirus pandemic

Tens of thousands of Stop & Shop workers have received an increase in benefits from the supermarket chain, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers union.All Stop & Shop and Peapod employees who are represented by the union were given a 10% pay increase and an additional two weeks of paid sick leave.The UFCW said the additional benefits apply to more than 70,000 workers across New England, New York and New Jersey. “This essential pay and benefit increase will not only protect these hard-working men and women, it will help protect the food supply throughout our communities,” UFCW International President Marc Perrone said in a statement. “As we know, grocery workers like Stop & Shop employees have been on the front lines of this crisis, serving the needs of millions of families in the Northeast. Protecting them is absolutely essential to our communities and food supply now more than ever.“Every supermarket, grocery store, and food retail employer — union and non-union — in the Northeast and across America must follow the example that Stop & Shop has set and follow their lead.”Stop & Shop reduced store hours at all locations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Most stores will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all shoppers. All locations will be open 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily for customers age 60 and older only.Local grocery stores, retail stores announce new hours, limits on purchasesThe Quincy-based supermarket chain also placed limits on “items in high demand” to five per customer. It is also warning shoppers of a “limited supply across the U.S.” of certain products, including hand sanitizer, toilet paper and disinfecting wipes.Stop & Shop has also suspended food sampling programs, but home delivery service remains available.United Food and Commercial Workers represents 1.3 million workers in grocery, retail and other industries across the country, as well as employees in Canada and Puerto Rico. UFCW International and its local unions have been negotiating with employers across the country to recognize how hard grocery workers are working to provide necessary food and supplies to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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QUINCY, Mass. —

Tens of thousands of Stop & Shop workers have received an increase in benefits from the supermarket chain, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

All Stop & Shop and Peapod employees who are represented by the union were given a 10% pay increase and an additional two weeks of paid sick leave.

The UFCW said the additional benefits apply to more than 70,000 workers across New England, New York and New Jersey.

“This essential pay and benefit increase will not only protect these hard-working men and women, it will help protect the food supply throughout our communities,” UFCW International President Marc Perrone said in a statement. “As we know, grocery workers like Stop & Shop employees have been on the front lines of this crisis, serving the needs of millions of families in the Northeast. Protecting them is absolutely essential to our communities and food supply now more than ever.

“Every supermarket, grocery store, and food retail employer — union and non-union — in the Northeast and across America must follow the example that Stop & Shop has set and follow their lead.”

Stop & Shop reduced store hours at all locations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Most stores will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all shoppers. All locations will be open 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily for customers age 60 and older only.

Local grocery stores, retail stores announce new hours, limits on purchases

The Quincy-based supermarket chain also placed limits on “items in high demand” to five per customer. It is also warning shoppers of a “limited supply across the U.S.” of certain products, including hand sanitizer, toilet paper and disinfecting wipes.

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Stop & Shop has also suspended food sampling programs, but home delivery service remains available.

United Food and Commercial Workers represents 1.3 million workers in grocery, retail and other industries across the country, as well as employees in Canada and Puerto Rico.

UFCW International and its local unions have been negotiating with employers across the country to recognize how hard grocery workers are working to provide necessary food and supplies to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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