UPDATED: Hunts Point braces for possible workers strike - The Packer

UPDATED: Hunts Point braces for possible workers strike

01/12/2012 01:05:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

(UPDATED COVERAGE, 1:49 p.m.)   Wholesalers on the Hunts Point Terminal Market are preparing for a possible strike.

Doug OhlemeierAfter members of Teamsters Union Local 202 rejected a Jan. 10 contract offer by the cooperative that runs the market, leaders of the 1,200 workers are vowing to walk off their jobs at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 17, the day the current contract expires.

Market co-chairman Matthew D’Arrigo, vice president of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc., said market distributors are preparing to remain open.

“We are doing everything we can to avoid a strike,” D’Arrigo said Jan. 12. “You have a very high unemployment rate in the Bronx. We feel we have offered a fair package to the men who work here. We hope we can come to an agreement with the union before the contract expires.”

Bob Leonard, a spokesman for the market’s owners, said negotiations are underway and that the market hopes to settle the issue before the contract’s expiration.

According to media reports, union  leaders rejected the market's offering the workers a 15-cent an hour pay increase with a one-time $700 bonus.

If the strike occurs, it would be the first time in 25 years workers picketed the market.

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Florida  |  January, 13, 2012 at 09:48 AM

Let them go. Our country can't afford to be strong armed by unions any more. There are people out of work needing a job, bring on the scabs......

ohio  |  January, 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Matt will pull out all stops to make it work for all.

NY  |  January, 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I agree Mike....let them go...starting pay is around $14 an hour...to be just a porter/loader. Let them was dishes and make $8 an hour. Unions are DESTROYING our country...yes they were needed 80 years ago when workers were subject to abhorent working conditions.....but things have changed. If a strike occurs (which i am hearing it wont) the union delegates still get full weekly pay...union workers dont...HOW IS THAT FAIR?? It is insane....F all the unions.....

NYC  |  January, 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

OU GUYS SAY THAT THE UNION IS NOT NEEDED WHO ARE YOU KIDDING. I work in the hunts point market we have not recieved a wage increase in 9 years since the everything has gone up. i would like to see how you react to someone offering you 15 cents more per hour after 9 years.we work in the cold rain snow and heat to get warm we use the hand dryer in the bathroom if you have a key .we eat lunch standing in the cold there are no breaks .get real

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