Union Urges Supervalu to Return to Table

The union representing striking workers at a Shaw’s distribution center urged its members to call Craig Herkert, the chief executive officer of Supervalu, Friday to demand a resolution.

METHUEN, Mass. — The union representing striking workers at a Shaw’s distribution center here urged its members to call Craig Herkert, the chief executive officer of Supervalu, Friday to demand a resolution.

Minneapolis-based Supervalu [2], which owns Shaw’s, has terminated health benefits for the striking workers and is advertising for and hiring replacement workers, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 791 said.

The union walked off the job March 7 after rejecting a “last, best and final” offer from Shaw’s. Shaw’s said it has an alternate contract offer on the table that removed some provisions the company had added to the “last, best and final” offer in an effort to reach a deal without a labor dispute. It has said it would not improve that alternate offer.

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