RHODE ISLAND

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Rhode Island-based retail pharmacy giant CVS is launching a program to require testing of all the vitamins and supplements it sells, aiming to make sure — and assure customers — that they contain what they say they do.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time that any national retailer is requiring all vitamins and supplements to undergo third-party testing, in order to be sold on our shelves,” says CVS Senior Vice President George Coleman.

More than 1,400 vitamins and supplements from 152 brands have now undergone testing, CVS says.

More than 30,000 Stop & Shop employees went back to work Monday in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island after an 11-day strike.

Easter Agreement Ends 11-Day Stop & Shop Strike

Apr 22, 2019

Stop & Shop and its striking New England labor unions reached a tentative agreement on Easter Sunday to end an 11-day work stoppage that had shuttered some stores, left workers unpaid, and become an issue in the nascent presidential race.

Stop & Shop workers will be back on the job Monday morning after unions and management at the grocery chain announced Sunday evening that they had reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The announcement comes after a strike lasting 11 days, that affected 240 stores in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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.
Nicole Leonard / Connecticut Public Radio

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!"

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