Hunts Point vote averts strike - The Packer

Hunts Point vote averts strike

01/20/2012 12:52:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

NEW YORK — Workers at the Hunts Point Terminal Market remain on their jobs after approving a contract agreement.

On Jan. 20, workers overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new three-year agreement.

Leaders of Teamsters Local 202 threatened to lead 1,300 workers in a strike if wholesale distributor owners didn’t agree to increases in salaries and benefits.

More than 95% of the voters approved the contract, according to union news release.

Workers at the union’s Bronx terminal market office reviewed the contract the evening of Jan. 19 and voted from midnight to mid-morning Jan. 20.

Rene Gosselin, operations manager for Coosemans New York Inc., said the vote was more of a formality.

“We are quite happy with the vote,” Gosselin said Jan. 20. “No one wanted a strike, that’s for sure. A strike wouldn’t be good for anyone, the workers themselves or management.”

The deal also provides the market warehousemen, drivers and sales workers higher pension contributions, union president Danny Kane said in the release.

“Our members voted on the merit of this contract, clearly demonstrating that they thought the negotiating committee delivered a strong agreement,” Kane said in the release. “With this process behind us, our members are looking forward to doing what they do best — serving New York City and the tri-state area by keeping the best produce in the world flowing to the grocery stores and restaurants.”

On Jan. 17, Teamsters threatened walkout after rejecting a Jan. 10 contract offer from the Hunts Point Produce Trade Association, which represents the market wholesalers.



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