- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Union workers employed at the nation’s largest wholesale produce market have approved a new three-year contract.

Officials with Teamsters Local 202 said 97 percent of those voting on Wednesday were in favor of the deal, which was reached on Saturday. The local represents 1,300 workers at Hunts Point Market in the South Bronx.

Union officials said workers would get wage increases in each year of the contract.

The original contract deadline had been Jan. 9, and negotiations had stymied before a federal mediator stepped in.

Reaching an agreement averted a possible strike that would have forced New York restaurants, grocery stores and homes to find alternatives for fresh fruit and vegetables.

The last strike at the market was in 1986.

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