Strike action at Polartec fleece maker Malden Mills Industries Inc has been averted after members of the Unite Here union voted to accept a new three year contract.

The contract offers an increase in pay for each union employee while helping to stabilize spiralling healthcare costs.

It provides for a 7 per cent raise in wages after union members rejected a previous offer and authorised striking action. Employer paid dental and disability insurance over the next three years, and increased employee contribution to healthcare costs, are also part of the package.

Malden came out of bankruptcy protection in 2003 as it was brought into new ownership.
Its customers include apparel companies such as Lands' End and The North Face, and the US military.