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New Era, Teamsters Reach Labor Agreement

New Era Cap Company, the Teamsters Union and the NAACP have agreed on a tentative three-year labor agreement.

ATLANTA — New Era Cap Company, the Teamsters Union and the NAACP have agreed on a tentative three-year labor agreement between New Era Cap and Teamsters local 991 for employees in New Era’s Mobile, Ala., distribution center.

According to the organizations, the contract provides a comprehensive package which includes hourly wage increases and enhanced health insurance coverage for the workers, while allowing New Era to bring best practices to its Mobile distribution center to increase efficiency. It also addresses the worker rights issues raised by the NAACP in a report released in January, including a strong diversity policy.

The collective bargaining agreement is being recommended by the Teamsters Local Union 991 New Era Bargaining Committee for ratification by 95 workers in the distribution center. New Era Cap workers at the facility voted to join Teamsters Local 991 in July 2007.

“We are pleased to have reached what we feel is a mutually beneficial agreement for both New Era and our workers,” said Christopher Koch, CEO of New Era.

Teamsters general president Jim Hoffa added, “This agreement represents a culmination of a substantial effort on both sides. We feel confident that New Era Cap is committed to providing a diverse workplace where everyone is respected, supported and provided with opportunity.”

New Era Cap also has manufacturing facilities in Jackson and Demopolis, Ala., and in Derby, N.Y. As part of the agreement, New Era and the Teamsters mutually agreed to neutrality, which will permit the union to begin organizing efforts of New Era employees in the Jackson facility.