By Thomas Lyons
Source: The Provincetown Independent
After three months of negotiations, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 328 secured a four-year agreement for Stop & Shop employees on Feb. 27.
The contract applies to all unionized Provincetown and Orleans Stop & Shop employees and increases wages, improves health benefits, secures pension funding, and includes an “appreciation bonus” for both full- and part-time workers.
These contract negotiations proceeded more smoothly than the 2019 talks, which led to a costly 11-day strike.
In a Feb. 28 press release, UFCW officials hailed employees’ hard work in securing what they called a “zero concessions” contract. The union membership report touted strong health care benefits. Effective March 1, 2022, the health-care deductible for all eligible full-time employees dropped from $300 for individuals and $600 for families to $250 for individuals and $500 for families.