Teamsters to boycott Schnucks stores in layoff dispute

The nearly 7,000 members of Teamsters Local 688 plan to boycott grocery chain Schnucks following the company’s decision to lay off more than 200 union warehouse employees and outsource the jobs.

The move, announced early Thursday, represents an escalation in the months-long dispute.

In recent weeks, members of Local 688 have stood outside dozens of Schnucks stores distributing handbills to customers with information about the dispute, but now the group wants to “financially hurt them,” says Mike Goebel, Local 688’s principal officer.

Schnucks notified the state of Missouri last month that it was laying off 234 workers in Bridgeton, which could include some management positions. The 190 union jobs will be replaced by a non-union third party logistics provider, Greenwich, Conn.-based XPO Logistics. The layoffs are effective beginning July 24.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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