Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Beginning at 4:45 AM on July 9th, 270 production and maintenance employees of Sorrento Cheese went on strike outside the South Park Plant in Buffalo.
The employees are members of the Teamsters Local Union No. 264, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, from Cheektowaga, NY. A secret ballot was taken two weeks ago where in a vote of 209-6 in favor of the strike, based on Sorrento Cheese's unilateral imposition, effective July 2, 2012 of inferior terms for health care coverage.
"Enough is Enough. This fight is for our families and ourselves but also for the 99% of Americans who now live in constant fear of losing their health care coverage because they can no longer afford it. We have drawn the line and are not stepping back from it," said Joe Novak, Teamsters Local 264 Business Agent.
Sorrento-Lactalis is disappointed about the strike, despite the company's competitive wage and benefit offer.
At the request of the union, the company provided its final offer. This offer included a competitive package of healthcare benefits, improved wages, and other terms that benefit its employees.
The company announced that it will continue production at its Buffalo Plant, supplemented by production at the company's largest facility in Nampa, Idaho.
The company remains hopeful that the parties can reach agreement and remains committed to its long standing tradition of cheese making in the Buffalo community.
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