A looming strike has been averted at the Hunts Point Produce Market, as workers voted today to ratify a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement.
About 1,100 warehouse workers, drivers, and other members of Teamsters Local 202 work at the market, which provides most of the fruit and vegetables to restaurants and stores around the metropolitan area. The new contract provides significant raises, and continues funding for the union’s health and pension funds.
“This strong contract is a testament to the solidarity of these union members,” said Daniel Kane, Jr., president of Teamsters Local 202. “They voted unanimously to authorize a strike and then they stood strong. The market will continue to provide good jobs to the Bronx’s diverse working families.”
The previous collective bargaining agreement expired on Jan. 16. Workers had voted to strike if a deal could not be reached on a new contract.