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Sysco truckers’ strike ends as union votes to ratify new contract – Boston 25 News

PLYMPTON, Mass. – After months of all-out economic “war” between America’s largest foodservice distributor and America’s most powerful union, Sysco has agreed to drop attacks and lawsuits against the country’s residents.

Sysco Boston truckers voted 215 to 2, successfully ending the strike with a resounding victory for more than 300 members of Teamsters Local 653 in Plympton, Mass.

Hundreds of food delivery service drivers in Plympton walked off the job on October 1 amid a pay and benefits dispute.

Now, this new five-year agreement includes significant improvements, including an increase of $11.00 per hour over five years (from $5.00 in the first year); life-changing improvements to retirement benefits; maintaining affordable, industry-leading union health care; overtime improvements; and MLK Day as a paid holiday.

Sysco said it is glad the strike is over and looks forward to resuming operations.

“I’ve never been so proud to be a Teamster. This fight proves that we truly are the biggest, fastest and strongest union in the world,” said Kevin Whitten, a Sysco Boston driver of 15 years and Local 653 steward. members like never before and strengthened the solidarity that will continue for years to come. We would like to thank everyone from across the country who stood by our side. Sysco will now think twice before trying to take on the Teamsters.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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