Whitney Foods Workers Join Teamsters Local 703
Friday, January 17, 2014
Chicago distribution workers with Whitney Foods are now members of Teamsters Local 703 after the company voluntarily recognized its employees’ right to join the union last fall.
The 15 workers organized with Local 703 in September, seeking better working conditions, higher wages and improved benefits. Local 703 Trustees and Business Agents, Sam Scianna and Tony Carioscia, were integral in working with Whitney management to secure new collective bargaining rights for the company’s workforce.
“Local 703 is proud to welcome the employees of Whitney Foods to our extensive and diverse family of food distribution members,” said Scianna. “With a distribution center directly behind the Chicago International Produce Market, Whitney workers are at home among thousands of Local 703 members who stand shoulder-to-shoulder for better rights on the job.”
Following volunteer recognition, Local 703 successfully negotiated and ratified the new members’ first Teamster contract before the end of the year. The five-year agreement includes annual wage increases and a defined benefits package for all workers.
Teamsters Local 703 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America’s premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.
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