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Shaw’s truck drivers return to work after strike, plan to resume contract negotiations Thursday

Truck drivers with Shaw's supermarkets walk a picket line as a truck leaves the Shaw's distribution facility in Wells, Maine, on Monday.
Truck drivers with Shaw's supermarkets walk a picket line as a truck leaves the Shaw's distribution facility in Wells, Maine, on Monday.Gregory Rec/Associated Press

The 70 Shaw’s truck drivers and mechanics who went on strike earlier this week returned to work on Wednesday, resuming deliveries of non-perishable food items to some 150 Shaw’s and Star Market stores across New England, including 76 in Massachusetts.

Shaw’s said in a statement Monday that the parties will return to the bargaining table this week.

Joe Piccone, a business agent for Teamsters Local 340 in South Portland, Maine, said the drivers based in Wells and mechanics based in Scarborough have been without a contract since October. Drivers at the company’s Methuen facility, who deliver fruit, vegetables, and refrigerated items did not go on strike, but Piccone said the Massachusetts-based drivers trucked to Maine to help cover the deliveries of drivers on strike there.

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“Every delivery was delayed [Monday],” Piccone said. “They were playing catch up. The strike didn’t just disrupt Wells, it disrupted their deliveries in Methuen.”

Shaw’s could not immediately be reached for comment, but a spokesperson for the company said Monday it has expanded its use of third-party drivers to ensure its grocery stores do not experience a disruption in delivery service.

Shaw’s and Star Market are owned by Albertsons Cos., one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, which also owns ACME Markets and Safeway, among other supermarket chains. According to the company’s latest annual report and the grocery stores’ websites, there are 21 Star Market and 55 Shaw’s stores in Massachusetts.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report


Anissa Gardizy can be reached at anissa.gardizy@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @anissagardizy8.