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River Valley Co-Op workers get raises under new union contract

NORTHAMPTON — The starting minimum wage at River Valley Co-Op market at 330 North King St. went up Monday from $12.50 an hour to $15 an hour under a new three-year union contract that had been ratified Friday by the 125-member bargaining unit.

State law raised the minimum wage in Massachusetts as of Jan. 1 to $12 an hour from $11 an hour. That same state law calls for incremental increases hitting $15 an hour on Jan 1, 2023, said Jeff Jones, a vice president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1459 in Springfield, which represents River Valley workers.

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