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California UNFI Drivers Ratify Contract

Agreement Includes Wage Increases and Workplace Improvements

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.

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