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Teamsters Union Local 401 members ratify new contract with United Beverage

01.16.09

January 2009 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Teamsters Union Local 401 members ratify new contract with United Beverage

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsswb@aol.com

PITTSTON, December 30th- The sixteen members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 401 employed by the United Beverage Company in Pittston voted to ratify a new five-year contract agreement with their employer.

According to Pat Connors, Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer of Local 401, South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre, the membership voted 12 for the new pact to 2 gainst. The company is a beverage distributor.

The ratification vote was taken at Local 401’s office on December 29th with the tentative agreement reached between the parties on December 23rd.

Employees will receive a $3.51 per hour increase over the term of contract.

Other highlights include:
• $8.00 each increase in pension
• reduction in employee contribution for health care up to $140.00 per month with the company paying 80 percent of the cost
• the adding of jury duty language
• bereavement improvement
• commission increased from 15 cents to 18 cents on units
• language added to protect employees if they lose driving license
• life insurance increased
• short term disability increased
• vision plan now available

Mr. Connors told the newspaper negotiations went well with both sides conducting themselves very professionally.

He added the contract package is very comparable if not better than other distributors in the area.

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