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Strike Looms for Workers at Hunts Point Market

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market could be on strike as early as next week after the union representing 1,200 employees at the Bronx wholesale market rejected a contract offered by the cooperative that runs it earlier this week.

Danny Kane, president of the local Teamsters Union, said that with $2.2 billion in revenue last year, the co-op should be able to afford to give workers what he sees as their fair share.

“These employers now are very, very wealthy multi-millionaires and they don’t want to share with the employees that create all the wealth,” said Kane.

Bob Leonard, spokesman for the owners, declined to comment on the management’s profits. He said the economy is still rocky and that the co-op’s offer is fair, especially since the majority of union employees at the market work the night shift and make 30 percent more than the negotiated rate.

In negotiations on Tuesday, Kane floated a $1.20 an hour increase to the co-op, and is willing to negotiate down from there. The proposed three-year contract offered a 15-cent-an-hour pay increase each year and a $700 one-time bonus.

If there is a strike, Leonard said contingency plans are in place so produce can still reach customers.

“We are committed to continuing to provide fresh produce and vegetables to the communities we serve, not only in New York City but across the region,” he said. “Even in the case of a strike.”

The Hunts Point Market is one of the largest wholesale produce market in the country and provides two-thirds of all the produce for the New York City metropolitan area.

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Comments [3]

fedupntired

Why dosent anyone carE and investigate why there are so many houses in the market who dont have all workers in the union. Why are the woman upstairs IN OVER 10 houses Not allowED IN THE UNION???. Some of these woman have been there for nearly a decade and are not allowed the same opportunity or compensation as the MEn... SOMEONE NEEDS TO REPRESENT THE WOMAN OF THE MARKET AND GIVE THEM WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DUE!!!!! THESE OWNERS SHOULD BE FINED AND INVESTIGATED.Y ARE THE BEING ALLOWED TO DUE THIS? EVERYONE IS WORRYING ABOUT RAISES HOW DOES THAT BENEFIT THE WOMAN IF THATS NOT PROVIDED TO THEM? COULD IT BE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE GETTING PAID OFF TO REMAIN QUIET. SOMEONE NEEDS TO SPEAK OUT....ON TOP OF THERE HAVE BEEN EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE BEEN FIRED LAYED OFF, AND ARE REPLACED WITH OUTSIDE WORKERS. THESE UNION REPS REPRESENT THEMSELVES. WHERE IS THE LOYALTY? HARD WORKING PEOPLE WORK LAYED OFF AND WHEN ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY COMES UP IN A DIFFERENT HOUSE THERE NOT GIVEN THAT OPPORTUNITY BC THEY ARE BEING REPLACED WITH OUTSIDE NONUNION WORKERS...THE UNION REPS ARE ALL CORRUPT THEY ARE IN THE POCKETS OF THESE WEALTHY
BUISNESS OWNERS... IM SICK OF CARRYING MY BOSS ON MY BACK TO VICTORY.. I WANT TO WIN TOOO!!!!!

Feb. 10 2012 02:38 PM
user

Danny Kane ought to go Zuccotti Park

Jan. 17 2012 07:30 AM
Emil from Bronx

The Hunts Point Market is the largest wholesale market of its kind in the world. In addition to the 1200 union jobs it has an employment of well over 6,000 workers. You must include the truck drivers who deliver the produce (customer trucks are non-union) helpers (many undocumented aliens) and other non union labor involved. In addition to that you have an army, mostly women, in the offices "upstairs" in the market making the day-to-day operations run smoothly. The union and owners are mostly arguing over medical benefits where-in the workers have been feeling the cut-backs recently. As it is, the most grandfathered workers must pay 20% of their medical bills, they have lost their dental care completely and even worse for new hires. Most men down here would for-go a wage increase for one more year, just to secure some safety from the high cost of medical bills, already piling up by some.

Jan. 12 2012 03:28 AM

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