Some Wegmans employees picket outside company headquarters
Posted at: 09/20/2013 12:58 PM
Updated at: 09/20/2013 5:18 PM
Some Wegmans employees, concerned about stalled contract negotiations, have taken to the streets.
Workers represented by the Teamsters union picketed outside the company's offices on Brooks Avenue Friday. A spokesperson for Wegmans tells News10NBC the Teamsters' Pension Fund is considered to be in critical status under federal law. The company is proposing replacing that pension and retirement fund with the company's retirement plan.
Union representatives say they have a few points of contention with the current contract and they're hoping to wrap up negotiations quickly. Local 118 Union Representative Kevin McIntosh said, “It's never been this long of negotiations and any time negotiations go on and on and on, they start to deteriorate and that's why we've gotta get to the table, both of us, to try to come to an agreement, so they don't go to total deterioration. That wouldn't be good for either party."
Wegmans released a statement today saying in part, “Wegmans has successfully negotiated fair and equitable agreements with the Teamsters union for more than 50 years, and we are hopeful that an agreement will be reached."
The company also tells us negotiations will be resumed next week after a three-week break.