The Syracuse Sysco strike that saw 230 drivers and warehouse workers walk off the job appears to be over, with contract ratification imminent. Employees are expected back to work on Sunday.
“It’s a good agreement and we are happy,” said Mark May, principal executive officer for Teamsters Local 317. “They removed some of the big problem areas. We didn’t want this to be a problem for the customers, but we didn’t have a choice.”
With this new agreement, the next five years will see drivers’ wages increased by $7/hr and warehouse wages increased by $6/hr. It will also restore the five-day, 40-hour work weeks lost in previous negotiations.
Most importantly, it will restore service to northern New York’s many foodservice establishments, specifically, hospitals and nursing homes, many of which had to switch to US Foods to continue operation.