I mentioned in class a few weeks ago that and the Teamsters were working on an agreement to better the working conditions, wages, and benefits for the New Era workers in Alabama. Well, I have great news- it's official, a "tentative" three-year contract has been made! It promises better wages, efficient health care, and a diversity policy which was encouraged by the NAACP. New Era has also promised to allow its workers to begin unionizing by continuing their efforts as members of the Teamsters Local 991, and New Era has agreed to let its employees collaborate with the Communications Workers of America. Let's hope that the workers can continue to make great strides for justice in the work place!
"We are pleased to have reached what we feel is a mutually beneficial agreement for both New Era and our workers...This contract solidifies what I hope will be a long-standing and positive relationship between New Era, the Teamsters Union and the NAACP who are all committed to producing a great American product that is part of our national pastime." -Christopher Koch, CEO of New Era.