Drivers for organic food service halt picket line, return to work

AUBURN — Union drivers in Auburn who make deliveries for United Natural Foods have voted to halt their picket line and return to work while they continue negotiating to get a new contract.

KOMO-TV reported that the Teamsters union members voted 80 to 14 to stop picketing. It was not immediately clear when they would return to work.

Picket lines went up Tuesday after drivers rejected the company’s latest contract offer.

The drivers say they don’t make nearly as much as their counterparts at other companies.

The Rhode Island-based company did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment after business hours Wednesday.

The company has said its latest offer included a 10.8 percent wage increase over three years.

United Natural Foods supplies organic foods to independent markets and large grocery store chains.

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