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Teamsters Reach Agreement with Nabisco

Teamsters Reach Agreement with Nabisco

June 5, 2001More than 100 New England Teamsters reached a contract agreement with Nabisco Bakeries on Monday, June 4. The agreement concludes a nearly three-week strike involving three Teamsters locals.

Teamsters from Local 64 in Providence, RI, Local 559 in Hartford, CT and Local 686 in Salem, NH, overwhelmingly approved the four-year agreement by a vote of 98-2. The Teamsters Bakery Division and leaders at the local levels made union solidarity a key component of the strike strategy.

This solidarity resulted in a halt in production of Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers and animal crackers, all popular Nabisco products with New England families. Through Teamster unity and the support of other bakery union members, Nabisco's Fairlawn, CT facility was virtually shut down, as 800 of 900 workers honored Teamsters' picket lines.

The new contract:

  • Strictly defines the company's use of direct shipments while preserving members' jobs;
  • More than doubles pension benefits and applies them retroactively;
  • Increases wages for members by 13 percent over the life of the agreement;
  • Severely limits the company's use of subcontracted labor.

"The Bakery Division is prepared to take the necessary actions to ensure that our members get fair contracts," said Dennis Raymond, President of Teamsters Local 677 in Waterbury, CT. "This strike strengthened our resolve and helped us achieve that goal."

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