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Teamsters Local 264 workers at Friendship Dairies to go on strike Wednesday

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Posted at 4:30 AM, Nov 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-04 10:35:36-04

FRIENDSHIP, N.Y. (WKBW) — Union workers at the Friendship Dairies/Saputo facility in Friendship are set to go on strike.

Members of Teamsters Local 264 voted unanimously to strike over what they call Friendship Dairies' "attempt to gut their health care and seniority benefits only weeks before Thanksgiving."

The union sent a press release to WKBW in which union members said the company wants to "increase health care costs to the point where [our] members will effectively be taking a pay cut."

Union members hit the picket line at noon Wednesday.

Saputo issued the following statement Wednesday night:

"Saputo received a strike notice from the Teamsters union at its Friendship, NY facility, effective November 3, 2021, at noon, local time. We are committed to continuing negotiations in good faith to reach a new collective agreement for our valued workers and to resolve outstanding items with union representatives."