June 29, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Buffalo, NY – Teamsters Local 264-represented Members who work for Tops Markets-owned Erie Logistics LLC are carrying out a public campaign aimed at educating the public on what they say is management’s “breaking of a promise” to provide a good retirement for its Employees.
Erie Logistics operates as a subsidiary of Tops Markets LLC and operates a warehouse distribution facility on Genesee Street in the Buffalo Suburb of Lancaster. The dispute involves getting $16 million in pension money restored to the pension fund. Teamsters Local 264 represents 650 Members who are employed at Erie Logistics.
Local 264 has issued the following statement in regards to its campaign against Tops and Erie Logistics: Teamsters Local 264 has engaged in a Corporate Campaign against Tops Markets/ Erie Logistics due to a dispute over frozen retirement benefits for our Membership. Our Members have been caught in the middle of a dispute between the Employer and the New York State Teamsters Retirement Fund since early 2014. The Local Union has tried to resolve this issue through all possible means available including mediation, direct negotiations and arbitration – and yet our Members continue to go without retirement benefits. We have fought for our Members in every way possible, in every venue, except in the public eye – until now. We recently brought our fight to the public at the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge and we have multiple campaigns planed just like it. We will not idly stand by while this employer to continues this injustice against our Membership. Our hope is the Employer will reverse its course now that they are being judged in the public eye. Currently the Employer has two options to protect and restore benefits to our Membership: Accept an offer from the Pension Fund to restore retirement benefits and release past accruals for our Members; or Place our Members accrued pension contributions into a trust ensuring the money would only be used for its intention, their retirement. Of the two options, the Local Union would prefer the first, but short of an agreement we must insist that at least the second occur immediately. We will continue to pressure the Employer until it does.
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