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(NECN: Jennifer Eagan, Methuen, Mass.) - You may notice some changes the next time you shop at your local Shaw's Supermarket. Workers at one of the store's major distribution centers are on strike this morning.
Workers at a distribution center in Methuen, Massachusetts, are on strike after rejecting the company's final contract offer yesterday.
They say the proposed contract increases health care costs and eliminates pension plans while only marginally increasing wages.
The strike could affect your next trip to the supermarket as workers at this center are responsible for distributing fruits and vegetables across the region.
Judy Chong, Shaw's Spokesperson:
"It's unfortunate that our associates have voted to strike. Our last and final offer was a fair and reasonable contract that protected wages, good jobs, a good pension plan and continued to offer a health and welfare plan. The contract was every bit as good as offers accepted by other unions in the area."
The union was told last night that if they agreed to strike the final offer would come off the table, which it now has. An alternative offer has been projected that is also fair and reasonable.
Last night's Statement from Judy Chong, Shaw's Spokesperson:
"It is unfortunate that union members have led co-workers into a strike against the company. We do not believe that this is in their best interest. Shaw's worked very hard to avoid a strike. We have settled many labor contracts without a labor dispute and we negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement. With that said, we are prepared with contingency plans to make sure that Shaw's continues to serve its customers."