Sysco truck drivers in New England go on strike

More than 300 Sysco truck drivers in the Boston area are on strike after their union contract expired last week.

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The strike includes about 30 drivers from Manchester, Bow and Epping.

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Sysco is a giant in food product distribution, supplying schools, restaurants, hospitals and more. Striking truck drivers outside the company's Manchester facility said the current offer from Sysco is unacceptable. "For them to come to the table and make the offer that they did is just a slap in the face," said Dave Remick, of Teamsters Local 653.

Remick has been driving for Sysco for 23 years. He said drivers are asking for more competitive wages and a better quality of life, saying they work 12-14 hour days. He said Sysco also wants to replace the current health care insurance with a lesser option.

"We're all standing strong," he said. "We aren't looking for anything more than we deserve or that anybody already gets in the industry. We are just looking for a fair shake." The drivers said stepped up during the pandemic and want the company to recognize that.

"We were here during COVID for these guys, and I would like them to be here for us now," said driver Larry Staples. "We need things. Inflation is up. Everything costs more."

A Sysco spokesperson told News 9 in an email that Sysco Boston drivers are making an average of £110,000 this year. The company said it's offering a 25% wage increase over the life of the next contract. The spokesperson said that the new health care options will come at a lower cost to the drivers.

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