Citing a contract offer with low pay, teamsters at the Bronx’s Hunts Point Produce Market are threatening to strike.
Teamsters Local 202 at Hunts Point includes warehouse workers and drivers, according to a notice posted Jan. 14 on the website of Teamster’s Joint Council 16, which includes 27 unions. A strike, according to the notice, could happen as early as Jan. 17.
Hunts Point workers voted to reject a contract offer from management on Jan. 13, and authorize a strike. The contract covers 1,100 workers, and it expires Jan. 16. Negotiations have been ongoing since November, according to the release.
“These are the working families that make up the Bronx, and they need more than a 30-cent raise,” Dan Kane Jr., president of Local 202, said in the release. “The companies are thriving and the owners are doing well for themselves. The owners can do right by their employees and prevent a strike by giving these workers a fair contract.”
Reynaldo Ortiz, who’s worked at the market for 20 years, said the unanimous vote shows the teamsters are “serious.”
The teamsters have not gone on strike at the terminal market in three decades, according to the release.