ID NEWS: Sysco's Pittsburgh division prepares for strike possibility

Sysco Food Services of Pittsburgh, LLC, has announced a contingency plan to ensure continuity of service to its 3,000 customers, should warehouse workers and drivers go on strike.

"We don't want a strike, but a strike or other job action will not stop us from performing our mission, which is to distribute food, supplies, equipment and services to restaurants, healthcare facilities, schools and other institutions in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio," comments Diane Reimer, vice president of employee relations for the Sysco house, a division of Houston-based Sysco Corp.

The contract between this operation and Local 23 of the United Food And Commercial Workers, covering approximately 130 workers at Sysco's Jackson Township facility in Butler County, ended February 28 and those employees have been working under a contract extension that ends March 31.

"We have made excellent progress at the negotiating table to hammer out a new contract that reflects current business realities while providing a lucrative wage and benefit package for our employees," Reimer adds.

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