METHUEN, Mass. -- About 80 striking workers from Shaw’s warehouse here began the first leg of a 60-mile march to Boston yesterday to protest their contract disagreement with the chain, according to local reports.
The five-day march comes after about 300 workers, members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 791, walked off the job March 7 when they say Shaw's, owned by Minneapolis-based Supervalu, sought a new contract that would have required them to contribute more to their health insurance coverage. Shaw's has since canceled the health insurance of the striking workers and has continued to supply its stores through a contingency plan.
The march is scheduled to continue to Reading today, then go through Medford, Cambridge before reaching the State House in Boston on Thursday, according to the Boston Globe.
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