Teamsters reach tentative pact with major New York produce terminal

Teamsters reach tentative pact with major New York produce terminal

 

The Teamsters union reached a tentative contract deal with Hunts Point Market in New York Jan. 17, shortly after the union’s drivers and warehouse workers voted to approve a strike.

A strike by 1,300 Teamsters could have crippled the Hunts Point complex, the focal point for fruit and vegetable distribution to retail stores and restaurants in the New York area.

The Hunts Point Market, located on 113 acres of property in the Bronx, is the largest wholesale produce market in the world, receiving produce fresh daily from 55 countries.

More than 95 percent of the Teamsters who work for the more than 40 merchants at the market agreed to walk out as early as last Friday, but a mediator asked for a delay.

The Hunts Point Market employers, who run the produce terminal as a cooperative, made contract another offer Saturday, raising their wage offer closer to Teamster demands.

The tentative three-year contract would give Teamsters at the market a $20 per week raise in the first year, $22 per week in  the second year and $24 per week in the third year.

According to a report published by The New York Times, warehouse workers and truck drivers at the produce market typically earn between $38,000 and $53,000 a year.

Members of Teamsters Local 202 in New York will vote on the proposal Wednesday.


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