Strike put on hold at nation's biggest produce market, Hunts Point; federal mediator steps in

Associated Press

Workers at the nation's largest wholesale produce market have agreed to hold off on a strike while a federal mediator gets involved with contract talks.

Members of Teamsters Local 202 agreed Thursday to put off any action at New York's Hunts Point Market until Sunday. Talks are continuing.

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The original deadline was Friday.

A walkout would mean restaurants, grocery stores and homes would have to scramble for fresh fruits and vegetables. The market's management says measures are in place to keep the massive South Bronx building open.

Negotiations broke down this week when the union rejected proposed salary raises it says aren't keeping up with the cost of living.

The unanimous strike vote came on Tuesday.