Stop & Shop workers used a strike that effectively shut down 246 stores in three states to preserve health-care and pension benefits, contracts ratified by five United Food and Commercial Workers local unions show.
The company had consistently offered wage increases to all full- and part-time employees during negotiations. But it sought concessions on health-care coverage, pensions, and premium pay on Sundays and holidays.
Workers went on strike to preserve their benefits, said Charles Allen, a retail analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence in London.
“They retained most of the benefits they had beforehand,” Allen said. “It’s clear that the company hadn’t...