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Thread: UNFI Drivers Vote for 1st Teamster Contract

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    Default UNFI Drivers Vote for 1st Teamster Contract



    Drivers for distributor United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) in Moreno Valley, Calif., this week unanimously ratified their first Teamster contract, which provides job protections, overtime pay after eight and 40 hours, and a 40-hour weekly guarantee.

    “We want to bring the benefits of a Teamster contract to all warehouse workers and drivers in the natural foods distribution sector,” said Randy Korgan, organizing director for Teamsters Local 63 and Joint Council 42. “We believe this jointly negotiated agreement between the Teamsters and UNFI shows that a new path of co-operation can be accomplished. In the current turbulent environment facing wholesale distributors, this agreement will bring stability to both workers and their employers.”
    - See more at: UNFI Drivers Vote for 1st Teamster Contract | ProgressiveGrocer

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    Default Re: UNFI Drivers Vote for 1st Teamster Contract

    Did UNFI Drivers get pension contributions on their contract?
    Anyone here from local 63 know about their new ratified contract ?

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    Default Natural-Foods Truckers Join Teamsters



    MONTGOMERY, NY – Drivers at America’s largest organic and natural food supplier United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) [NASDAQ: UNFI] have voted to join Teamsters Local 445, the union announced today. The 100 drivers distribute food from the company’s Montgomery, New York facility to Whole Foods and other organic, natural and specialty food stores in the New York metropolitan area. They voted to form a union at UNFI in order to ensure they receive fair pay, are treated equitably on the job, and are able to provide a good life for themselves and their families.

    “These workers came to the Teamsters to win a strong union contract, like those enjoyed by other Teamster UNFI drivers around the country,” said Local 445 Secretary-Treasurer Barry Russell. “The Montgomery drivers withstood pressure by UNFI management – which of course wanted the drivers to remain powerless with no voice on the job – and proudly voted to become Teamsters. We plan to keep that energy alive as we help UNFI drivers get their first negotiated contract.”
    UNFI Drivers in Hudson Valley Join Teamsters Local 445 - Teamsters

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    Default UNFI Warehouse Workers in California Join Teamsters Local 166


    After a five-year battle to form a union, 280 warehouse workers at the largest organic and natural food supplier in the United States, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), have voted to join Teamsters Local 166 in Bloomington, California.

    "Company efforts to avoid union representation were overcome by workers determined to have a voice in their work life and fair treatment on the job," said Mike Bergen, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 166. "The workers at UNFI in Moreno Valley have finally received the justice and victory they deserve. We will work hard with these newest Teamsters to win a strong contract that addresses their problems."

    The election took place May 11. This victory is part of a wave of victories for workers at UNFI, including a contract for workers in Dayville, Connecticut represented by Teamsters Local 493 and drivers in Moreno Valley, California represented by Teamsters Local 63. Additionally, negotiations are under way in Montgomery, New York where UNFI drivers recently organized with Local 445.
    https://teamster.org/news/2017/05/un...ters-local-166

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    Default Re: UNFI Warehouse Workers in California Join Teamsters Local 166

    Well my understanding, one of the family members spun off of Nature Best to help create UNFI years ago and now I see they've organize them too.
    And that's excellent, because drivers and warehouse employees were getting underpaid comparing to us and the unionize groceries warehouse.
    Good job 166...
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    Default New York-Area UNFI Drivers Win First Teamsters Contract



    (MONTGOMERY, N.Y.) - Drivers who deliver groceries for United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) in Montgomery ratified their first-ever Teamster contract this weekend. The contract guarantees overtime pay after 40 hours worked in a week, yearly pay raises, protections against unfair discipline, among many other improvements demanded by the drivers.

    “The overtime pay was the big thing for us,” said John Cruz, a three-year UNFI driver. “We work long hours and deserve to be paid extra for the time we miss with our families. We hope UNFI institutes overtime pay for all drivers — but without a contract, management can still play games. UNFI drivers and warehouse workers are realizing the best way to protect themselves is to organize with the Teamsters, and we’re building our power across America right now!”

    The Montgomery drivers voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 445 in July 2016. Throughout the past year, Local 445 led drivers in a campaign for a fair first contract. Drivers signed petitions, participated in contract negotiations and made direct demands on management.

    “These drivers remained united and put in the work necessary to win overtime pay and all the protections that come with a union contract,” said Barry Russell, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 445 in Rock Tavern, N.Y.
    https://teamster.org/news/2017/07/ne...sters-contract

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    Default Re: New York-Area UNFI Drivers Win First Teamsters Contract

    That's good news, organize the competition and I mentioned in another post that the founder of this company spun off from our company...a family member of Nature's Best
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    Default UNFI Drivers in California Choose Teamsters Local 853 Representation

    (SAN FRANCISCO) –– Drivers with the largest natural and organic food supplier in the United States, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), have chosen representation by Teamsters Local 853 in Oakland.

    The 31 drivers based out of Gilroy, Calif., transport supplies for UNFI to major clients like Whole Foods, Amazon, Genentech, Sprouts and Google.

    The drivers are seeking fair scheduling and compensation for excess hours, seniority for overtime, improvements to safety and a shorter wage progression, among other gains.

    “We’re excited to welcome UNFI drivers to the Teamsters. There is a trend across the country of UNFI workers joining together and seeking Teamster representation,” said Dennis Hart, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 853. “As companies become increasingly interconnected, as with Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, it’s important that unions strategically organize and workers unite to better their working conditions.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/01/un...representation
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    Default Re: UNFI Drivers in California Choose Teamsters Local 853 Representation

    Our competition, good for them
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    Default California UNFI Drivers Ratify Contract


    Twenty-seven drivers with UNFI in Gilroy, Calif., who are members of Teamsters Local 853, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first contract. Gilroy is the latest UNFI yard to join the Teamsters.

    Just a year ago, the company hired security and union busters to keep the union out.

    “Today, with their first contract, the drivers gained route and vacation bidding, a grievance process, a defined work schedule, 40 hours guaranteed work and guaranteed annual increases,” said Business Agent Ray Torres.

    This organizing win and first contract could not have been accomplished without the leadership and help of Teamsters Vice President, Steve Vairma.

    “We also would not have been able to do this without the unity of our members and the tireless support and work our stewards have put in,” said Dennis Hart, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 853.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/02/ca...atify-contract
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