Easton– Major League Baseball fans can rest assured that their favorite players will be wearing All-Star game uniforms made by union workers in the Lehigh Valley. Union textile workers and VF Majestic have settled a contract dispute over health benefits and wages that may have lead to a strike just before the All-Star game.
Members of the PA Joint Board, Workers United, SEIU overwhelmingly ratified a new three year agreement with VF Majestic, the Easton company that makes all of the on-field baseball players uniforms.
“I am pleased that we got a contract with affordable health care. I’d like to thank VF for working with us to ensure that workers get good benefits,” said VF garment worker, Samuel Patti.
The agreement maintains the workers’ current level of health insurance benefits without significant increases in worker premiums, as well as providing for fair pay raises. During the negotiations, the workers received the support of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
“The members of the PA Joint Board, Workers United SEIU greatly appreciate the support they received from the Major League Baseball Players Association and look forward to working with VF to keep the MLB equipped with uniforms that are made in America,” said David Melman, manager of Pennsylvania Joint Board of Workers United, SEIU.
With more than 125,000 members, including 22,000 in Pennsylvania, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.