Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Healthcare Workers Stand in Solidarity With Hunts Point Terminal Market Strike

Some 1,400 workers at Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx — the largest wholesale produce market in the world — are on strike, demanding wage increases and better health benefits. The strikers, organized by Teamsters Local 202, include dock workers, warehouse workers, truck drivers, and others who are demanding a $1/hour increase in wages […]

Left Voice

January 19, 2021
Facebook Twitter Share
Image by New York NewsTime

Some 1,400 workers at Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx — the largest wholesale produce market in the world — are on strike, demanding wage increases and better health benefits. The strikers, organized by Teamsters Local 202, include dock workers, warehouse workers, truck drivers, and others who are demanding a $1/hour increase in wages along with improved benefits. The bosses offered $0.32/hour as part of a three-year contract. 

These workers are, quite literally, responsible for feeding much of the populations of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. They’ve put their lives on the line during the pandemic. Hundreds of market workers have been infected since the Covid-19 pandemic began, and several have died while working to make sure people are fed. They are called “essential” and referred to as “heroes”, but management does not find these workers essential enough to compensate them for their labor and for risking their lives.

Hunts Point has stayed open throughout the pandemic and has collected more than $15 million in government pandemic relief (in the form of Paycheck Protection Program loans), but still refuses to meet the modest demands of the people who keep the business running. The bosses say the workers are “lucky to have jobs,” but we counter that the bosses are lucky to have workers — who show up despite the risk to their health and the health of their loved ones. 

Healthcare workers stand in solidarity with striking Hunts Point Terminal Market workers. We have treated essential workers like you in our hospitals and held their hands as they died. We have treated your family members who were hospitalized due to your exposure. We share the stress of being employed while supporting more and more family members as they are laid off from their jobs. We have experienced the police monitoring us and harassing us on our picket lines. We know all too well what it means to be thanked and “hero-ized” without any effort to make our working conditions safer or compensate us more.

We admire the Hunts Point workers for their dedication to our city during this pandemic, and we admire them for their strike. 

In solidarity,

If you are a healthcare worker and would like to sign, please go to this link.

Michael Pappas,MD
Betty Kolod
Jillian Primiano
Heather Giambo
Mallika Govindan, MD
Adnan Ahmed
Jocelyn Camacho
Stasha O’Callaghan
Chelsea Recor
Talia Mariduena-Urdanigo
Jiana Menendez, MD, MPH
Seth Congdon
Jocelyn Camacho
Jonathon Hurd, RN
Kelsey Wilson-Henjum
Angelique Saavedra
Stasha O’Callaghan


Facebook Twitter Share

Left Voice

Militant journalism, revolutionary politics.

Labor Movement

A rally in Brooklyn, people hold up UAW signs

University of California Academic Workers Authorize Strike to Defend the Right to Protest

48,000 workers are one step closer to going on strike to demand that charges and academic sanctions be dropped for the students and faculty who protest the genocide in Palestine and UC’s financial and academic ties to Israel.

Madeleine Freeman

May 16, 2024

Nakba Day: CUNY Faculty Stand Against Repression and for Palestine

On Nakba Day, faculty across different CUNY schools mobilized for Palestine and against the repression of protesters. The actions, organized through an assembly of workers, point toward the solidarity needed to continue and expand the student movement and fight for a free Palestine.

Two raised fists, one holds pencils and another holds a wrench

Unite All Workers for Democracy Statement Against the Repression of the Palestine Movement

Statement from UAWD, a caucus of the UAW, against the repression of the Palestine movement

UAWD

May 4, 2024
Healthcare workers at a pro-Palestine rally. Sign reads "Healthcare workds for a free palestine"

Healthcare Workers Stand in Solidarity with the Student Movement against Repression and for a Free Palestine

In response to the repression that university students have faced in the last weeks, we urge healthcare workers and their unions around the world to sign a solidarity letter against repression and for a free Palestine.

Mike Pappas

May 2, 2024

MOST RECENT

A group of masked protesters gather around a chair where a protester stands with a megaphone

What the Movement for Palestine Can Learn from the Rutgers Encampment Deal

The Gaza solidarity encampment at Rutgers New Brunswick ended in a deal between the administration and a negotiations team at the camp. It’s been a highly controversial decision. The experience at Rutgers shows the need for a truly democratic, bottom-up fight for Palestine.

Jason Koslowski

May 17, 2024

Victory for the UAW at Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga Represents a Potential Turning Point for Labor

Following a year of strong union struggles, a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee has voted to unionize with the UAW. This victory, in the traditionally anti-union South, shows that the terrain of labor struggle in the U.S. is shifting.

Joey Eichler

May 17, 2024
Pro-Palestine encampment at UCLA in May, 2024.

“The Working Class has the Power to Stop this Genocide”: Interview with a UAW 4811 Rank and Filer

On Thursday May 15, 48,000 UAW Academic workers voted to authorize a strike, the largest academic workers union in the country to do so. Left Voice interviewed UAW 4811 member Peter Ross about what sparked this historic vote, and the labor movement’s fight for Palestine

Julia Wallace

May 16, 2024

Fight to End the Genocide in Gaza and the Repression of the Palestine Movement. For an Anti-Imperialist, Internationalist, and Revolutionary Movement of Young People and Workers!

On May 15, or Nakba Day, the youth of the Trotskyist Fraction - Fourth International took part in mobilizations across the globe in protest of the “new Nakba” — Israel’s ongoing genocide against the Palestinian people which it perpetrates with the complicity of the imperialist states.