UNFI, Teamsters settle strike at Fort Wayne distribution center

Aug 03, 2020

After a strike lasting just over a week, United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has reached a contract agreement with Teamsters Local 414 at its Fort Wayne, Ind., distribution center.

Fort Wayne-based Teamsters 414 ratified a new four-year contract in a unanimous vote on Saturday afternoon after announcing a tentative agreement on July 29, the union said on its Facebook page.

About 160 of the local’s members — including drivers, warehouse and maintenance workers — took part in the strike, which began July 23. The union claimed UNFI engaged in unfair labor practices by arbitrarily firing two members and said employee members had worked without a contract since August 2019, after more than 40 bargaining sessions.

Providence, R.I.-based UNFI, the nation’s largest public grocery distributor, announced the contract settlement with Teamsters 414 today. Local 414 couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.