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First Contract De Stefano Workers Secure Needed Benefits in Union Contract

February 27, 2013

The negotiating committee recommends three (3) year deal with needed improvements:

  1. All employees will now get three (3) personal days and three (3) sick days as a new benefit.
  2. The vacation schedule improved from one (1) year, one (1) week to a new schedule of one (1) week after six (6) months and two (2) weeks after two (2) years.
  3. The employees will now be given uniforms and a work belt.
  4. Wages – Warehouse workers and driver assistants in the first year will receive wage adjustments ranging from minimum wage to $7.25 to a minimum of $9.00 an hour for all workers.

Drivers’ daily salaries were adjusted a minimum of 5% and in the cases of long term employees and consideration for merit, an adjustment as high as 13% was received.

We have established a starting rate for warehouse and assistant drivers of $8.25 an hour with adjustments to be made based on any increases in the minimum wage.

In year 2, all employees will receive a 5% increase.
In year 3, all employees will receive a 5% increase.

We have an agreement with the Employer on a contract reopener to discuss medical benefits on October 22, 2013 for the workers. The agreement would allow the workers to strike.

Finally, we defined the work week so that the Employer could not arbitrarily send workers home to avoid overtime.

This is just another example of why unions are necessary. It took the Union to make the Employer to simply do the right thing.

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