To be clear, not all of the 485,000 workers who participated in the 2018 work stoppages were on strike. This figure includes people who have not been able to work because employers temporarily shut down the plant during emigration. These include lockouts in which an employer refuses to let workers do their jobs when they are involved in a contractual dispute. Nevertheless, Flickinger called the work stoppage a “Pyrrhic victory” for both sides, as both sides made concessions. But almost all of the 20 major work stoppages in 2018 included massive labor strikes that eventually pushed up the wages of thousands of workers. Details of the proposed three-year contract will not be published until the 31,000 union members of five local residents ratify the contract. Voting begins this week. Frustrated teachers in West Virginia launched the first major strike of the year in January 2018, when about 35,000 educators and employees quit their jobs in protest at an insufficient 1 percent increase. The shutdown ended with the closure of every public school in the state for a week, until state lawmakers agreed to give them a 5 percent increase and temporarily freeze health insurance premiums. The new contract, which still requires the union`s approval, ends a 10-day strike at hundreds of shutout stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Some stores had to close during the closure, while others were abandoned with empty shelves and few customers. On April 11, cashiers and food professionals were put to work in 240 stores and protested the company`s efforts to reduce their wages by increasing health insurance premiums and reducing pension benefits for new employees. A former NHL player for the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche, defenseman Ray Bourque, was caught in the middle of the strike when he was seen crossing a picket line to shop at a store in Massachusetts. Bourque apologized for crossing the line and promised to cross the picket line in solidarity with Stop-Shop staff as soon as his medical problem was resolved. In the space of 24 hours, the impasse has become the largest strike in the private sector in at least three years, showing that the increase in work stoppages across the country over the past year has not been an isolated phenomenon. “As part of this proposed contract, our members will be able to focus on continuing to help customers in our communities enjoy the best possible shopping experience and maintain Stop and Shop as the number one grocery store in New England,” said the union. “The agreement preserves health care and pensions, provides for wage increases and gives current members a one-and-a-half-year salary on Sundays.” “Today`s agreement is further proof that the negotiations have been in good faith able to achieve a real victory shared by the company, its customers, these communities and the food workers who continue to serve.” The 2016 collective agreement between Stop and Shop and its union employees expired at midnight on February 23, 2019.  In order to reach a Memorandum of Understanding before the contract expired, the five local chapters of the International Union of Workers and Food (UFCW), which represents 31,000 Stop and Shop employees in 249 agencies, began negotiating a new contract on January 14, 2019.
 Negotiations for the remainder of January were promising, with local “formulation” chapters developed with the company.  However, progress was virtually halted in early february, after Stop-Shop presented its monetary and wage requirements for the next period of the agreement.  After more than three months of negotiations and 11 days of strike action, more than 30,000 Stop-Shop workers have tentatively agreed with the supermarket chain that they have said they are demanding better pay and health care.