Shaw's drivers, mechanics go on strike in Maine

Dozens of union drivers and mechanics for Shaw's in Maine went on strike Monday morning.

Teamsters Local 340 represents more than 70 employees who work in Scarborough and Wells. Employees in both locations walked out Monday. Shaw's has 21 locations in Maine.

The drivers are responsible for delivering grocery store staples to more than 100 supermarkets across the region.

“These people keep the groceries on the shelves. This is going to be a huge impact with them out of work," Teamsters Local 340 Business Agent Traci St. Clair said.

Striking workers gathered Monday outside a distribution center in Wells and the truck terminal in Scarborough.

The union voted in November to authorize a strike after saying contract negotiations with management had broken down following 13 meetings. A federal mediator had been called in to help.

“The company has seen record profits during this pandemic.. yet they are not seeing fit to take care of the employees.. who have been taking care of everyone else during this pandemic," St. Clair said.

Sticking points in contract talks included health insurance, retirement and sub-contracting.

Non-union drivers are being directed to work, but union leader Joseph Piccone said that as of Monday morning, none have crossed the picket lines

"Their inability to have a contract with us shows that they’re out of touch, and they’re out of time now," Piccone said.

WMTW has reached out to Shaw's parent company, Albertsons Companies, for a response but has not heard back.