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Teamsters Union Local 401 members approve labor pacts

07.14.14

JULY 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Teamsters Union Local 401 members approve labor pacts

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 2nd- Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 401, South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre, recently ratified two new successor agreements with their employers.

According to Scott Kucharski, a Trustee and Business Representative of Local 401, Wise Foods/ARCA Continental in Berwick and the IBT have agreed to a new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The membership “overwhelmingly approved” the new pact, Mr. Kucharski stated.

The CBA covers approximately fourty-three drivers and yard jockeys that are represented by Local 401.

The agreement includes increases in pay per-mile for drivers for the snack product manufacturer and hourly increases for the yard jockeys as well as other increases for road drivers in each of the three years of the successor labor agreement.

The United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776 represents the production workers of Wise Foods.

Mr. Kucharski replaced James Murphy as one of the unions’ two Business Representatives on June 1st. Mr. Murphy retired at the end of May. Mr. Kucharski will serve out the remaining period of Mr. Murphy’s term as business representative of Local 401.

Also, the IBT members employed by the Luzerne County Transportation Authority recently approved a new CBA with Luzerne County. The union represents nineteen shared ride bus drivers. The route bus drivers of the system are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU).

The three-year contract agreement calls for wage increases each year and contains health care improvements and new language for a five percent match retirement plan.

“It was a very positive contract for both parties which was passed almost unanimously,” stated Mr. Kucharski.