Hundreds of Sysco Boston workers go on strike

By WBZ Staff

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PLYMPTON (WBZ) — More than 300 Teamsters from Local 653 walked off the job at Sysco Boston on Saturday, Plympton police said.

Police were monitoring the situation but said there was no threat to public safety. Drivers may see traffic in the Spring Street area, however.

The strike began at 12:01 a.m., one minute after the workers’ contract ended.

“We are currently hitting a company on charges of unfair labor practices and saving, pension, wages, health care, etc.,” said Trevor Ashley, who represents union workers at Sysco. .

“Workload is a huge issue right now. Some of these guys work 14, 15, 16 hour days up to their DOT limits and they got it. They are done with not being able to see their family. They spend 70 hours a week here, working working working… They never see their families. The workload has to change and the money has to come in,” Ashley said.

Sysco Boston released a statement to WBZ-TV which read:

“Sysco Boston respects and cares about our associates and deeply appreciates their contributions to our success. That’s why we stand firm for a strong contract that works for our drivers. Sysco Boston offered salary increases of 25% over the term of the contract and 7% in the first year as well as affordable healthcare options that would save our associates money over their current plan . Additionally, we believe our associates want to protect their participation in the robust 401(k) plan sponsored by Sysco. Although we are disappointed, our objective remains to reach a ratified agreement. »

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