ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) - The union representing Wegmans' truck drivers overwhelmingly rejected the contract offered by the grocery chain Monday night.
Teamsters Local #118 in Rochester turned down Wegmans offer. The vote came one day after the union had a plane fly over Ralph Wilson Stadium and the Orchard Park area trailing a banner that read, "Wegmans wants Buffalo to lose."
The union is angry that Wegmans is proposing a contract that eliminates the pensions of its workers. Wegmans countered that by saying, "The union claims that we are destroying Rochester jobs, which is untrue. We are proud of the 885 jobs for the employees in this bargaining unit. That's up from 800 jobs just 8 years ago in spite of the economic conditions."
Wegmans called the contract offered Monday its "last, best and final" offer. At this time, it is unknown when the two sides will return to the bargaining table.
It is unclear, but the teamsters vote may also have authorized a strike. Wegmans says in the event one should take place, it has a comprehensive plan to ensure stores will remain open without interruption.
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