Teamsters pepper sprayed during strike against transportation company

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Members of Teamsters Local 251 were pepper sprayed while on strike against Northeast Transportation Services in Pawtucket Friday.

The union has been on strike with the company since June 22, after what they described as “unfair labor practices.”

Teamsters strike against Northeast Transportation Services, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (WLNE)

The workers said the strike is to demand fair contracts, livable wages and other benefits.

ABC 6 News at the picket witnessed at least three people being arrested.

Teamsters strike against Northeast Transportation Services, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (WLNE)

Last month, the union announced its endorsement for Gov. Dan McKee.

A spokesperson for the governor told ABC 6 News that he did attend but left before the chaos broke out.

Teamsters strike against Northeast Transportation Services, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (WLNE)

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