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Stop & Shop Averts Strike, Workers Reach Deal

Workers at Stop $ Shop have reached a contract deal and will not strike.

Stop & Shop will not need to bring temporary workers to its Swampscott store after the grocery chain reached a preliminary deal with its union on Monday, reports the Boston Herald.

The agreement between the company and 40,000 workers in the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union was reached at 4 a.m. on Monday, the paper reports. The union covers workers at the chain's stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The chain, which is headquarters in Quincy but it owned by the Dutch corporation Ahold, had set up hiring centers in January to hire temporary workers in case of a strike. The workers never went on strike and the union never held a strike vote.

The contract expired late last month but was extended through this past weekend as negotiations continued.

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