LOCAL 653 SYSCO NEGOTIATIONS MEETINGS HELD IN PROVIDENCE, BROCKTON AND MANCHESTER
New Local 653 Sysco members met at three meetings over the weekend to discuss the upcoming first contract with Sysco. The group overwhelmingly voted for Teamster representation last October.
“A contract is a Bible. It sets for the rules that cannot be changed at the whim of management,” said Sean O’Brien, Joint Council 10 Secretary-Treasurer and International Vice President. “You are all the union. Together we will work together and write a bible that meets the needs of New England Sysco Teamsters.”
Negotiations will conducted as a joint effort between Local 653, Joint Council 10 and the International union. Joint Council representative Jeff Padellaro will chair the negotiations with the assistance of Local 653 Principal Officer Mike Clark, Local 120 Principal Officer Tom Erickson, and Joint Council 10 Secretary-Treasurer Sean O’Brien. Additionally a team of seven rank-and-file Sysco drivers will serve on the negotiations team.
The Teamsters have contracts with Sysco across the United States. Erickson is the Central Region Warehouse Director. In addition to negotiating for more than 200 Minnesota Sysco Teamsters, he has extensive experience dealing with Sysco nationwide.
The meeting was held to assess the hundreds of bargaining surveys. Members stood up and spoke about their desires for the first contract.
Issues that were discussed included:
•Health and Welfare
The meetings were held at the Local 251, 633 and 653 union halls in Providence, Manchester and Brockton.
For those members who have not yet filled out the survey please follow the link to complete it. It is important that the union hear from each member. The contract will be yours, make sure your voice is heard. Fill out the survey at: http://bit.ly/2L4jHUv