The United Farm Workers plans to sign a new contract with Tracy, Calif.-based Pacific Triple E Produce Corp., one of the largest U.S. tomato grower-shippers.
The contract signing was scheduled for the morning of July 27.
The agreement would make the 450 California employees of Pacific Triple E, which shares ownership with Pacific Tomato Growers Ltd., in Palmetto, Fla., the highest paid tomato workers in the U.S., according to a union news release.
The renegotiated agreement includes piece rate increases that are designed to increase average pay of $1.33 an hour for Pacific Triple E workers, according to the release.
The relationship between the two sides has been collaborative and the contract includes paid holidays, bonuses and other benefits, according to the release.
Jack Esformes, Pacific Triple E’s operating partner, planned to be in attendance at the agreement signing which was scheduled to occur in the company fields east of Hwy. 99 near Stockton.
Esformes was scheduled to sign the agreement with UFW national vice president Armando Elenes and the worker negotiating committee.
The agreement is the latest UFW contract victory.
Since 2012, more than 1,500 workers in the San Joaquin Valley, mostly those harvesting tomatoes, have won union contracts at four companies, according to the release.