Merchants Agree to Higher Wage Raises Than Previously Offered
(BRONX, N.Y.) ––Teamsters Local 202 announced this afternoon that it had reached a tentative contract agreement with Hunts Point Market. The union’s 1,300 members at the market, who have the final say, will voteWednesday on the tentative deal.
“Our members stood strong and the market knew we were serious,” said Daniel Kane Jr., president of Teamsters Local 202. “We said we deserved a fair wage, we fought for it and we got it.”
Hunts Point Market handles most of the produce served at New York area restaurants and grocers.
The contract deal comes on the heels of a strike vote taken by members earlier this week. Ninety-five percent of members approved the strike after merchants gave a “final offer” with raises far short of those proposed by the union.
After the strike vote, merchants raised their wage offer.
“We were boosted by the support of our elected officials and everyday New Yorkers,” Kane said. “It’s getting harder and harder to get by in this city. People really rallied around these workers demanding a wage that their families can live on.”