THE BRONX, N.Y. — A major strike by workers at Hunts Point Market in the Bronx officially ended Saturday after union members voted to approve a new contract.
Teamsters Local 202, the union representing the market’s workers, reached an agreement Friday after employees went on strike last Sunday.
The three-year deal guarantees a wage and benefit increase of more than 10% over the course of the contract, with an average 3.4% increase in each year of the agreement, according to the owners of Hunts Point Market.
The Teamsters Joint Council representing New York City said members voted Saturday to approve a new contract with “the largest raises in the history of their bargaining unit.”
Hunts Point Market provides more than 60% of the produce for New York City. About 1,400 workers at the market are essential in getting groceries on shelves throughout the five boroughs.
Prior to Friday, wage increases were a major sticking point in negotiations that led to the strike.
Teamsters Local 202 union wanted a $1 per hour raise, but the owners argued the Market was suffering financially due to the coronavirus pandemic. Business was down 30% last spring and they invested millions in protective equipment, a spokesperson had said.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ritchie Torres urged the market’s owners to provide their workers a decent wage.
It was the first time the union members went on strike in 35 years.