Blumenthal meets with striking workers as talks continue

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says the spirit of striking supermarket workers is "amazingly strong," as contract talks continue.

He and several other Democratic politicians, including Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (BY'-suh-wits), met with Stop & Shop employees picketing at several Connecticut locations Sunday. Blumenthal says he's telling the strikers "they're fighting not just for themselves, but for working families across America."

Stop & Shop says its discussions with the United Food and Commercial Workers were scheduled to resume Sunday. The company maintains it is offering unionized workers a fair contract, including pay increases

Picket lines have formed around some 240 Stop & Shop locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Blumenthal raised anti-trust concerns years ago as Connecticut's attorney general and Stop & Shop was purchased by a Dutch food company.