UFCW Local 2013 FreshDirect workers in New York City recently ratified a new three-year contract. The agreement went into effect September 1, and increased wages and benefits for nearly 1,000 FreshDirect employees. UFCW Local 2013 members will see wages increase an average of 20 percent over the life of the deal. FreshDirect transportation workers make an average of about $11 an hour currently. The agreement also reduces medical premiums by $450 per month for UFCW families at FreshDirect.
“The new raises in the contract will help to make ends meet,” said FreshDirect worker Carl Wong who lives in Brooklyn.
“These were not easy negotiations but workers are greatly satisfied with the results. Improving wages and reducing benefit cost were paramount priorities. We couldn’t have accomplished this without the hard work of our members, the pivotal assistance of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the support of 18 Bronx elected officials,” said Mark Carotenuto, President of UFCW Local 2013.
More than 15,000 hardworking men and women are members of UFCW Local 2013 and work in the food production, warehousing and distribution, and health care sectors.