Strike narrowly averted by McDonald’s food supply drivers


ROCK TAVERN – A strike that could have interfered with food deliveries this week to McDonald’s franchises in the Hudson Valley, New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey has been averted.
The 75 drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 445 in Rock Tavern, voted in late October to reject the contract offer made by Martin-Brower Inc. Teamsters representative Jerry Ebert said the company significantly improved the offer after its initial rejection.
“We won much better pay, more time off, an easier grievance process, and a $1000 signing bonus for each driver, among other increases, with no givebacks,” Ebert said.
On Sunday morning, less than 14 hours before the deadline, the drivers nearly unanimously approved the contract by a secret-ballot vote.