HUNTS POINT, The Bronx–After their three-year contract expired Tuesday, Teamsters Local 202 reached a tentative agreement covering 1,100 workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market.
A sticking point had been regarding a wage increase for the workers.
Union President Daniel Kane Jr. said management offered a 30-cent per hour pay raise, while union leaders want a dollar-per-hour increase. The union members voted unanimously Saturday to reject management's contract offer and authorize a strike.
"The members of this market, the workers here, are some of the hardest workers in New York, feeding all of New York CIty," said Kane. "They are out here, they start at about 8 or 9 o'clock at night and they'll work all the way to the morning. Shift difference to shift start. The hard, back-breaking work they do deserves a fair raise and an increase."
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