Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated a wage increase for Teamsters workers at a Bronx produce market, following a week-long strike that was set to end Sunday. “Our food produce workers wanted a $1 raise after risking their lives in COVID. They were denied, asked to pay more for healthcare, & told ‘you’re lucky to even have a job,’” she tweeted Saturday afternoon of the Hunts Point Produce Market workers. “So they went on strike. Community supported them. Now they’re getting a $1.85 raise and $0 out of pocket.” Ocasio-Cortez spent Inauguration Day picketing with the 1,400 Local 202 members who staff the market — which supplies 60 percent of the region’s produce. Members of Local Teamsters 202 celebrate in the Bronx in front of Hunts Point Produce Market after winning a better job contract with the Hunts Produce Market management. G.N.Miller/NYPost Members of Local Teamsters 202 celebrate in the Bronx in front of Hunts Point Produce Market after winning a better job contract with the Hunts Produce Market management. G.N.Miller/NYPost Up Next Close Matthew Stafford has been the Lions franchise quarterback since 2009,... 2 View Slideshow Back Continue Ninety-seven percent of union members officially voted Saturday morning on a new contract that will boost their hourly wages by $1.85 over the course of three years, Local 202 President Danny Kane Jr. said. The first crew was set to return to work at 2 a.m. Sunday. “It’s not often that workers take their fate in their hands and decide to put their hands together to fight for a better tomorrow. These workers did that,” said Kane Jr. while celebrating the wage increase with a champagne toast outside the union’s Bronx headquarters, flanked by state Assemblywoman Anada Septimno and City Councilman Rafael Salamanca.
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