Tracy, Calif.-based tomato grower-shipper Pacific Triple E Ltd. and United Farm Workers have reached agreement on a three-year union contract for 800 employees.
Pacific Triple E operating partner Jon Esformes and UFW president Arturo Rodriguez were to sign the agreement June 28 in Stockton, Calif., according to a news release.
The contract brings wage increases of 12% to 57.4% to hourly and daily rate employees. It also provides a pension plan; a grievance procedure; plus seniority and job security policies.
“When the UFW approached us last fall we found that we held many common ideals which allowed us to quickly establish a line of communication that was honorable, transparent and non-confrontational,” Esformes said in the release. “Working with the UFW will allow us to continue to enhance the level of mutual respect we have enjoyed for many years.”
Pacific Triple E, a family owned company, operates in five California counties — Fresno, Merced, Madera, San Joaquin and Sacramento.
“The three-year contract we are signing with Pacific Triple E also makes them the best-paid tomato workers in the nation,” Rodriguez said in the release. “We look forward to … building a strong, long-term relationship,” he added.