With the recent threat of strike postponed, Stop & Shop workers in the region that includes Martha’s Vineyard remain on the job and at the bargaining table.

Local 328 represents 11,000 clerks and cashiers at Stop & Shop stores in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Those workers saw their contract expire at midnight on Feb. 27. A strike had been threatened, but was postponed as talks continued with the Stop & Shop parent company Ahold. Salaries, health and retirement benefits are all at issue, according to recent reports on the threatened job walkoff.

Sherri Bradshaw, a union representative on the Island, declined comment on the negotiations late Friday. Edgartown Stop & Shop store manager Mary McEvoy also declined comment.

But a spokesman for Stop & Shop corporate headquarters in Quincy said the company is optimistic that the negotiations will produce agreement on a new contract.

“Stop & Shop and the unions that represent our store associates are currently in contract negotiations, a process we engage in every few years,” said spokesman Philip Tracey in an email to the Gazette. “We have always reached a fair agreement with these unions, and do not expect this time to be any different.”

In a letter that went out to members, union president Timothy Melia said: “It is my goal to work towards getting you a fair and equitable contract but, if we get to a point where we have to take a strike vote it will be my intention at that time to strike your employer. We are all fully aware that this is a very stressful time for you and your family.”