May 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Denver, IN – Workers at the U.S. Foods facility in the Denver suburb of Englewood went out on strike May 19 in sympathy with strikers at another company warehouse in Maryland. U.S. Foods workers in the Baltimore suburb of Severn walked out in late April after the company, the second-largest food distributor in the U.S., announced that it was going to close the warehouse and move its operations to Pennsylvania and Virginia.
"We’re on strike because they won't negotiate with us,” Severn delivery driver Charles Grams told the Baltimore Sun. U.S. Foods had said last June it was considering closing the warehouse, but did not announce its final decision until after Teamsters Local 355 had rejected its demands for wage cuts and the elimination of pensions. “In order to support our fellow Teamsters, we’re willing to make the sacrifice now in the hopes that in the future it won’t come to Denver,” said Mark Madsen, one of the 280 workers who walked out in Englewood. “I don’t know how long it could last. It could be a few days. It could be a few weeks.” Read more