Catherine Velez, who is a Stop & Shop Peapod employee, joined her coworkers in East Hartford, Connecticut, as they went on strike against the company on Thursday, April 11, 2019.
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Updated 10:30 p.m.

Workers clustered together at the two entrances to the Stop & Shop store in East Hartford, Connecticut, holding signs in the air and chanting, "Better contract, better lives. Better contract, better lives!"

Members of UFCW Local 1459 rallied outside a Stop and Shop store in Chicopee on March 20, 2019.
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Stop & Shop returns to the negotiating table with its unions on Wednesday. The state treasurer of Massachusetts has criticized the company's proposals — and she has a unique perspective. 

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council has passed an ordinance that requires housing developers to hire more city residents on building projects.

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts.
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Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, opens for the season next weekend. Like at that other large amusement destination in Florida, a day at the park is not just about the thrill rides. 

Some of Vermont's working farmland is under a land protection deal called the Current Use program.

A new study of New England cities and towns, led by scientists at Harvard Forest, Amherst College and others, shows that when land is conserved, a modest growth in employment follows.