Union delivery drivers and warehouse workers for beer distributor Clare Rose have approved a new contract and will return to work Sunday, union and company officials said.
The Teamsters Local 812 workers, who went on strike against the East Yaphank distributor on April 23, reached a tentative agreement with the company through a private mediator on Thursday. The union members voted 83-12 to ratify the contract Saturday morning.
Workers and labor leaders gathered outside Clare Rose’s Melville distribution facility to celebrate what Roger Clayman, executive director of the Long Island Federation of Labor, called a “a great win for labor.”
“There was a lot of relief today,” said Mark Pooler, a 26-year delivery driver. Pooler said the 82-day strike took a toll on his home life. “The time away from my family was the biggest issue,” he said.
Union members went on strike after the company proposed eliminating a sales function drivers provided, resulting in what the union said would be a 30 percent wage cut. Members also objected to a planned conversion from a pension to a 401(k).
Under the new agreement, the company will continue to contribute to the…
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