On Saturday, Oct. 18th, warehouse workers at Hanover, Md.-based foods distributor Rhee Bros. ratified their first contract since organizing with the Teamsters in December 2013. The three-year agreement provides wage increases/bonuses, implementation of a wage progression scale, health insurance percentages locked in for the term of the agreement. In addition, workers are guaranteed a 40-hour work week, a grievance and arbitration process, and current vacations and holidays are protected.
Wage negotiations on behalf of United Care Connections (UC2) drivers and day-center aides produced wage increases and signing bonuses effective January 1, 2015.
Negotiations with Leonard Paper began Thursday, Oct. 16th.
Bargaining continues with Bond Distributing and Stroehmanns.
In other news, members present at the Union's monthly General Membership Meeting held Sunday, October 12th, unanimously returned all Local 570 leaders to office for the January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017 term. The following members were declared elected officers of Teamsters Local 570:
Ray Valentine, President
Richard Brown, Vice President
Sean Cedenio, Secretary Treasurer/Principle Officer
Robert Brown, Recording Secretary
Moses Jackson, Angelo Wilson, and Christopher Price, Trustees