Shaw's Supermarkets Inc. and striking workers failed to reach an agreement when they met today with a federal mediator, according to Peter Derouen, a spokesman for about 300 Shaw's employees who belong to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 791.
"Shaw's wasn't interested in bargaining. They were there to demand that we take this offer. There was no compromise. Nothing," Derouen said.
A spokeswoman for Shaw's could not be reached for comment.
About 300 Shaw's employees from a Methuen distribution center have been on strike since March 7 after rejecting a final contract offer that workers say would have resulted in a net loss of wages.
On Friday, dozens of unions joined striking Shaw's workers to escalate the protest across New England after Shaw's said it was beginning the process of hiring workers to permanently replace the striking employees. The strike will continue until an agreement is reached, Derouen said.