ROCHESTER, NY (release) - Wegmans announced that its Rochester-based distribution and transportation employees have rejected the contract proposal that was agreed to by Wegmans and Teamsters Local 118. This marks the second time the bargaining unit has voted down a proposal during this round of contract talks.
In a time of continued economic uncertainty, when so many companies are cutting jobs and slashing pay increases, Wegmans’ offer included an immediate $1,000 lump sum payment for full-time employees ($500 for part-time); an 18% pay increase over the life of the six-year contract; a move to Wegmans fully-funded Retirement Plan, and a generous package of retirement assistance options valued at over $10 million. Wegmans would also pay the New York State Teamsters Conference Pension and Retirement Fund (the Fund) millions of dollars in withdrawal liability to help preserve the benefits already due its employees from the Fund.
Wegmans’ initial contract proposal was rejected by the bargaining unit on September 30; the ‘no’ vote was also a strike authorization vote giving the Teamsters Union authority to call a strike at any time without further input from the members