Sen. Warren shows up to support striking supermarket workers

A striking Stop & Shop worker walks in front of the main entrance of the Somerville location on Mc Grath Highway on Thursday when the strike began

A striking Stop & Shop worker walks in front of the main entrance of the Somerville location on Mc Grath Highway on Thursday when the strike began

Their strike is part of a region-wide protest over wages and benefits.

More than 31,000 workers in Rhode Island and CT also walked off the job on Thursday at 1pm. They say the contract changes they propose are needed to compete with non-union competitors.

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and Stop & Shop are now in negotiations in hopes to come to an agreement and end the strike by employees of Stop & Shop in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and MA. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., addresses striking Stop & Shop supermarket employees on the picket line on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Somerville, Mass. Some of them picketed outside the stores.

"The company added that administration's" moderate" offer incorporates across-the-board increases and health and pension benefits it states are much far better than most other food retailers. But the union says raises would be eaten up by higher health care costs.

"While Stop & Shop continues to propose drastically cutting worker benefits, Ahold shareholders voted on April 10 to give themselves an 11.1 percent raise in dividends over the previous year", the union said in an emailed statement. The Quincy, Massachusetts-based company has kept most locations open by hiring temporary workers.