The union representing Stop & Shop's meat, seafood and deli workers postponed a strike vote until Monday.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 342, which represents about 800 Long Island workers, had scheduled a strike vote on Friday, after almost two years of negotiating with Stop & Shop officials, the union said. The union's Long Island and New York City members have been working without a contract since Oct. 2011.
"The meeting being delayed until Monday just gives us time to determine whether or not Stop & Shop is truly ready to work with us," union spokeswoman Kate Meckler said in a statement.
A "yes" vote by union members gives their leaders the authority to call a strike.
Stop & Shop said this week that it intends to schedule more dates to negotiate with the union and that it hopes to devise a "fair and competitive" compensation package for its workers.