NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Union workers employed at Hunts Point Market, the nation’s largest wholesale produce market in New York, have overwhelmingly approved a new contract.

Officials with Teamsters Local 202, which represents 1,300 members, said 97 percent of those who voted Wednesday were in favor of the three-year deal that was reached on Saturday.

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The deal includes hourly raises between 50 and 60 cents in each of the next three years and prevents most union workers from the $20 weekly healthcare contribution the market wanted.

The initial contract deadline had been Jan. 9 and a strike loomed after negotiations broke down. But the union agreed to put off any strike action at the South Bronx facility until this past Sunday to let a federal mediator get involved.

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Hunts Point supplies 60 percent of the produce in the New York metro area.

Reaching a contract agreement averted a strike that could have forced New York restaurants, grocery stores and homes to find alternatives for fresh fruit and vegetables.

The last strike at Hunts Point Market was in 1986.

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