Pension punch for Tops warehouse employees

Posted at 6:35 PM, May 14, 2018

Some 600 Tops Warehouse employees say they won't be able to collect their pension until 65.

It's a hard pill to swallow for some, like 60-year-old Glen Gerevicz.

"It just isn't fair to us," he said. "We've come in, we've worked for 30 years. We've done nothing wrong

Gerevicz says he planned to retire within the next year, but now due to Tops' restructuring with the State Teamsters Pension Plan, warehouse workers like Glenn must work until they're 65.

If they retire early they say they could sacrifice up to 60% of their pension.

"The pension fund has taken the position to not allow our members to participate any longer to the pension fund, thus denying them proper benefits at a reasonable age," said Darriin Ziemba of Teamsters Local 264.

Ziemba says union members were told last Friday they would no longer be included in the New York State Teamsters pension plan moving forward. This is after their pensions had been frozen for more than 4 years due to an on-going court battle with former owners C&S.


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