Stores and restaurants in the New England area might be a bit short on supplies as International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 653 in Boston began a strike Saturday. They joined their union comrades in Buffalo and Syracuse, New York as Local 317 was already striking against Sysco.
Teamsters wants the “War on Workers” to end by getting new, stronger contracts
The Summer of Strikes now enters the Fall season as this Teamsters strike hits the Boston area. Sysco’s Plymton, Massachusetts warehouse is now relying on replacement drivers – often called scabs – to deliver to customers.
The strike was called after six weeks of negotiations that failed to produce a suitable contract for the Local 653 membership. Sysco quickly spun up contingency plans, including replacement drivers and additional security from local and state police to ensure “essential loads” were delivered to “hospitals and other vital services.”
Local Boston news reports are reporting Teamsters and Sysco upper management, possibly including their respective presidents, will be meeting Wednesday to continue negotiations. Sign-on bonuses, health and wellness benefits, and paid time off are major talking points.
This is a developing story and Back The Truck Up will be releasing updates as they become available.