Shaw's says it will replace striking Mass. workers
METHUEN — The Shaw's supermarkets chain says it has begun the process to hire permanent replacements for hundreds of striking employees at a Massachusetts distribution center.
Spokeswoman Judy Chong says Shaw's had no choice after the workers' union dismissed a recent offer. She says Shaw's Supermarkets Inc. has to protect its business and the jobs of 25,000 other employees. (The AP photo at right shows Shaw's workers striking in Methuen on March 8.)
Shaw's operates 176 stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It's based in West Bridgewater.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 791 says the company is threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of people.
About 300 employees went on strike March 7 after rejecting an offer of what the union called a "substandard" wage hike coupled with health care payment increases. The union said workers would lose money.
The sides are working with a federal mediator.