Police arrest at least 16 from ‘hostile’ picket line during ongoing Sysco strike

BOSTON NOW. KATE: THANK YOU. WE’RE ON TOP OF THE LATEST NEWS OVERNIGHT. TENSIONAL MOMENTS BETWEEN STRIKE SYSCO WORKERS AND POLICE IN PLYMPTON. OUR TEAMS SPOTTED A MASSIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE AND SEVERAL LOADERS IN THE BACK OF A POLICE VAN. WE ARE NOW WORKING TO DETERMINE IF SOMEONE FACES CHARGES. MORE THAN 300 TEAMSTERS FROM LOCAL 653 HAVE STOPPED WORK O

Police arrest at least 16 in ‘hostile’ picket line during ongoing Sysco strike

The Teamsters left work on October 1

Hundreds of teamsters gathered for a picket line that turned hostile outside wholesale food distribution company Sysco Boston, resulting in at least 16 arrests, police said. According to the Plympton Police Department, more than 400 union members gathered outside the company at 99 Spring St. early Monday. Police said truckers blocked both entrances with their tractor-trailers. “For more than two hours, we attempted to negotiate with Teamsters picket bosses as 100 employees inside the Sysco facility were unable to leave,” Chief Matthew Ahl wrote in a statement. . Police said “about 16 to 20” people were eventually arrested. . WCVB photographers saw a heavy law enforcement presence and several people loaded into the back of a police van. The charges included disorderly conduct and assault and battery. “Unfortunately, we had to respond by removing members of the crowd who were inciting hostile picketing,” officials wrote. More than 300 Teamsters from Local 653 walked off the job Oct. 1, just after their contracts ended. pension and salary disputes. “Throughout the negotiation process, Sysco Boston remained committed to reaching a competitive labor agreement for our employees and our company. While we are disappointed with Teamsters management’s continued decision to strike our employees without let them vote, we respect their right to do so under the law,” a Sysco spokesperson wrote in a statement Monday. “What we cannot respect is violence, disorderly conduct, intimidation or threats, on or off the strike line, aimed at our employees, suppliers, customers or the public. We appreciate the quick and effective response of our local authorities in bringing overnight incidents under control, as well as the committed men and women to continue to serve our customers and the community.”

Hundreds of teamsters gathered for a picket line that turned hostile outside wholesale food distribution company Sysco Boston, resulting in at least 16 arrests, police said.

According to the Plympton Police Department, more than 400 union members gathered outside the company at 99 Spring St. early Monday. Police said truckers blocked both entrances with their tractor-trailers.

“For more than two hours we attempted to negotiate with the teamsters picket line leaders as 100 employees inside the Sysco facility were unable to leave,” chief Matthew Ahl wrote in a statement.

According to the police, “about 16 to 20” people were eventually arrested. WCVB photographers saw a heavy law enforcement presence and several people loaded into the back of a police van.

The charges included disorderly conduct and assault and battery.

“Unfortunately, we had to respond by removing members of the crowd who were inciting hostile picketing,” officials wrote.

More than 300 Teamsters from Local 653 walked off the job Oct. 1, just after their contracts ended.

The Teamsters say union members have been offered a “take it or leave it” deal with the company in their dispute over insurance, pensions and wages.

“Throughout the negotiation process, Sysco Boston remained committed to reaching a competitive labor agreement for our employees and our company. While we are disappointed with Teamsters management’s continued decision to strike our employees without let them vote, we respect their right to do so under the law,” a Sysco spokesperson wrote in a statement Monday. “What we cannot respect is violence, disorderly conduct, intimidation or threats, on or off the strike line, aimed at our employees, suppliers, customers or the public. We appreciate the quick and effective response of our local authorities in bringing overnight incidents under control, as well as the committed men and women to continue to serve our customers and the community.”

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