PLYMPTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Regional employees of one of the largest wholesale food distributors in the world officially went on strike on Saturday, a minute after midnight, when the workers' contract ended.
According to members of the Teamster Local 653, more than 300 of their workers have gone on strike at Sysco Boston located in Plympton, just a few days after hundreds of Sysco Syracuse employees did the same. Union members claim the strike comes after management came to the table with a "last, best, final" offer that would allegedly strip their workers of union health insurance and deny union pension.
Teamster Local 653 members say that workers are also striking over unfair labor practice charges, economics, and wages.
"We've been called essential workers for the longest time and now it's just empty words. We are working under grueling conditions. Some of us are working 14, 15, 16 hours a day, six days a week. We deserve more, and we aren't going to stop until we get it," said Sysco Boston driver Trevor Ashley.
WBZ NewsRadio reached out to Sysco Boston for comment but have not received a response at the time of posting.