Deal ends weeklong strike at largest US produce market

NEW YORK (AP) — A weeklong strike at the nation’s largest wholesale produce market has ended after workers overwhelmingly approved a deal that includes their largest pay increase in decades and more money for health coverage. The union for employees at New York City’s Hunts Point Produce Market said Saturday the deal will eventually raise the average base pay for most workers to $20.42 per hour. About 1,400 workers walked off the job Jan. 17 during a pandemic that has killed six colleagues. The market distributes about 150 tons of produce per day to restaurants, wholesalers and stores and accounts for about 60% of produce sales in New York City.