by The Chicago Times Staff

September 2, 2021

DES PLAINES, IL — A warehouse workers’ strike at food service provider Sysco located in Des Plaines has ended after the company and Teamsters Local 703 negotiators reached a tentative agreement Thursday, according to a Sysco spokesman. 

The strike, which involved approximately 125 employees, began on Monday and caused some food deliveries to Chicago Public Schools, major hospitals, and other large organizations to be disrupted.  Striking workers declined comment when asked if interrupting hospital deliveries was morally wrong.

The strike took place at the Sysco plant at 250 Wieboldt Drive.  A sympathy strike by another Teamsters local supported the picket line, making deliveries more difficult for the company.

The union expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of progress in talks that began in January of this year.

Sysco Corporation is a multinational corporation based in the United States that markets and distributes food products, smallwares, kitchen equipment, and tabletop items to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, hospitality businesses such as hotels and inns, and wholesale to other foodservice companies.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, also known as the Teamsters Union in the United States and Canada, is a labor union founded in 1903 by the merger of The Team Drivers International Union and The Teamsters National Union.  As of 2020, the union had approximately 1.3 million members.  The current president of the Teamsters Union is James P. Hoffa.