End of Teamsters strike at food distribution center

A nearly three-week strike by truckers at New England’s largest wholesale food distributor has ended with a new labor agreement, the Teamsters union said.

The five-year deal includes an immediate $5-per-hour wage increase, an $11-per-hour raise over the term of the deal, better pension benefits and keeps drivers on the pension plan. union health insurance, Teamsters Local 653 said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

About 300 workers at Sysco’s Plympton plant south of Boston went on strike on October 1.

“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 Local 653 Steward Kevin Whitten. “This strike brought members together like never before and built a solidarity that will continue for years to come.”

An email seeking comment was left with a Houston-based Sysco spokesperson on Friday.

More than a dozen picketers at the establishment were arrested early Monday after blocking exits with tractor-trailers and prevent some employees from leaving.

Sysco, which has distribution facilities across the country, supplies food to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and other businesses. The Plympton facility remained operational during the strike with third party drivers.

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