WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Issues at a US Foods plant in Baltimore, Maryland have caused an uproar locally in West Seneca.
Thursday night, workers from the Baltimore plant made their way to the one in West Seneca after officials threatened to close the Maryland plant and move if workers did not agree to cuts to their pay and benefits.
Teamster members who work in West Seneca were not picketing Friday morning, but the ones from Baltimore were there doing so. Because of the picket line there, members of Local 264 had the choice whether or not to go to work Friday due to union rules.
Since at least some workers at the West Seneca facility did not show up, certain local public service providers were faced with problems.
US Foods provides food to Buffalo Public Schools, hospitals, daycare centers and some privately owned restaurants in western New York.
Buffalo Public Schools confirmed later in the morning that they would not be receiving six scheduled Friday deliveries from US Foods.
US Foods representative Debra Ceffalio called the Buffalo strike a sympathy strike, as the company plans to close a distribution center in the northeast. Ceffalio said the Local 264 workers were showing solidarity with their Maryland workers on strike.
“Our focus is continuing to provide our customers with the products they need and the service they expect,” Ceffalio said. “We have contingency plans in place and are working to minimize any disruptions to our customers. Our delivers to schools and hospitals are back on track.”