The union representing tens of thousands of striking Stop \u0026amp; Shop workers declared victory Sunday after it reached a tentative agreement with management to increase wages and preserve employee benefits that were under threat.\u0022The people, united, will never be defeated. Thank you to the Stop \u0026amp; Shop workers for your sacrifices and all those who showed up in solidarity.\u0022 —Rep. Ayanna Pressley\u0022Today is a powerful victory for the 31,000 hardworking men and women of Stop \u0026amp; Shop who courageously stood up to fight for what all New Englanders want—good jobs, affordable healthcare, a better wage, and to be treated right by the company they made a success,\u0022 the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) said in a statement.The deal brings to an end the largest private-sector strike in years, which lasted 11 days and spanned three New England states. The walk-out began as a protest against Stop \u0026amp; Shop\u0026#039;s effort to slash benefits and increase employees\u0026#039; healthcare costs.Union members—who are expected to return to work Monday—will soon vote on whether to approve the three-year agreement, which reportedly raises wages, preserves retirement and healthcare benefits, and upholds time-and-a-half pay on Sundays.#StopAndShopWorkers sent a message to their company by collectively standing up for themselves, their families, \u0026amp; good jobs, that resonated not only w/ the company, but all of America. Thank you to hardworking members at Stop \u0026amp; Shop for all you’ve done! https://t.co/rZSwXchIXB pic.twitter.com/oA0yfSWJJn— UFCW (@UFCW) April 22, 2019Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a 2020 presidential candidate who joined striking Stop \u0026amp; Shop workers on the picket line earlier this month, celebrated the tentative deal in a tweet on Sunday.\u0022When workers fight, workers win,\u0022 the senator wrote. \u0022I\u0026#039;m glad to see that Stop \u0026amp; Shop workers are returning to work with an agreement for higher wages and continued health and pension benefits.\u0022When workers fight, workers win. I’m glad to see that @StopandShop workers are returning to work with an agreement for higher wages and continued health and pension benefits. #UnionStronghttps://t.co/0EITKXyMGd— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 22, 2019Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) echoed Warren, tweeting: \u0022The people, united, will never be defeated. Thank you to the Stop \u0026amp; Shop workers for your sacrifices and all those who showed up in solidarity.\u0022The agreement came as the strike\u0026#039;s major impact on Stop \u0026amp; Shop operations was becoming more evident by the day.As the Boston Globe reported, \u0022visits to the grocery chain by regular customers dropped by a whopping 75 percent\u0022 in the first few days of the walk-out.\u0022We are incredibly grateful to our customers and everyone who proudly stood together with us every day for a contract that invests in the communities we serve, and makes Stop \u0026amp; Shop a better place to work and a better place to shop,\u0022 said UFCW.