On Friday, March 26th, a new contract was ratified by UNITE HERE members at the AJ Wright distribution center in Fall River, MA. Members of the New England Joint Board of UNITE HERE ratified the contract by a 93% margin.
The new AJ Wright contract came after months of solidarity actions among the 700 Fall River workers as well as actions with distribution center workers in other plants owned by TJX Corporation in the New England Area. UNITE HERE New England Joint Board members at AJ Wright join their brothers and sisters at the TJ Maxx distribution center in Worcester who won a new contract in February. Both groups of workers are continuing to support workers at other TJX-owned distribution centers that are still fighting for new contracts.
The new contract for AJ Wright workers in Fall River includes many important victories including a stop to mandatory overtime, improvements in wages and the protection of affordable health benefits, and major improvements in contract language giving distribution center workers a voice on the job.