Grocery Home Delivery Drivers Overwhelmingly Ratify First-Ever Teamster Contract

New agreement guarantees better wages and working conditions for Teamsters in Locals 174 and 313

After nearly a year of negotiations that led to a strike authorization vote, a group of 90 grocery home delivery drivers working for voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first-ever Teamster contract last night. These drivers, of whom 80 are Local 174 members and 30 are Local 313 members, are now full-fledged Teamsters for the first time in their careers as Safeway drivers.

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6 Reasons That Pay Has Lagged Behind U.S. Job Growth

Average hourly earnings were 2.9 percent higher in January than a year earlier, a hopeful sign that wages might be gaining traction in a tight labor market. Their stubborn failure to do so is one of the mysteries of a recovery now in its ninth year. These are factors that may be playing a part.

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