Stop & Shop grants workers pay raise and paid sick leave amid pandemic

Stop & Shop granted 70,000 employees a 10 percent pay raise and two weeks of paid sick leave Thursday after the supermarket workers' union raised concerns over the perilous conditions members are facing during the coronavirus outbreak.

"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,”  United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) President Marc Perrone said in a statement. 

The news comes as grocery stores across the country have been overloaded with customers who seek to stock up on groceries for fear that they will run out of resources during the pandemic. 

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