MOKENA, IL | Local 710 Sysco members gathered en masse at the Union Hall yesterday for an update on how negotiations with their employer have been progressing and to discuss the possibility of a strike should negotiations deteriorate.
In an unprecedented vote, Sysco Teamsters voted unanimously to authorize a strike if necessary, 160 to 0.
“The company knows the core issues that must be addressed at the table,” said Mike Cales, Secretary-Treasurer and Bargaining Chair. “The rank-and-file members fully support our Local 710 Negotiating Committee, and we have secured authority to take action if necessary to reach a fair contract. If Sysco questioned Local 710’s resolve before, this vote makes it clear that we stand together as one group, and that we won’t back down.”
Negotiations between Local 710 and Sysco have been progressing since November. The union has ongoing concerns regarding several outstanding issues, including economics and heath, welfare and pension benefits.
“There are still several issues that the company needs to address, and they need to address them now,” said Business Agent Mike Ramirez. “With two more dates scheduled, we’re hopeful that this strong vote will encourage more productive bargaining so we can bring an agreement worth voting to the members.”
Negotiations are scheduled to resume February 18 and 19.