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UFCW and Teamsters Battling TOPS

March 30, 2018

By Stephanie West

NEW YORK, NY – Tops Markets has filed Chapter 11 on February 11 and is planning to reduce payments into both its UFCW and Teamsters union pension funds. 

According to a Buffalo News, Tops is seeking court approval to reduce its monthly contributions to the pension funds by about $9 million per year, to $5.3 million. The company has assets of $977 million and liabilities of about $1.18 billion.

The 169 stores in New York State continue to show a profit although the company wants to radically reduce retirement funding with tricky financial hocus-pocus. With the company planning to reduce or eliminate pension payments for workers, a firestorm has erupted lead by UFCW  and Teamsters. The request to reduce pension payments is particularly suspect with the company emerging from bankruptcy in six months.

Over 700 Tops warehouse employees are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 264.  About 11,600 of Tops’ 14,000 employees are represented by UFCW Local One or other UFCW locals.
“Our members did not put this company in the financial position Tops now finds themselves in,” said Frank DeRiso, president of UFCW Local One, in a statement. “The pension obligation did not put Tops in the position they are in. I’m confident our members will not sit on the sidelines and will be very vocal, if and when Tops’ bankruptcy attorneys try to persuade the judge to accept only one third the needed pension contribution. Our members deserve the pension they earned and the pension Tops promised.”

March 30, 2018

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “UFCW and Teamsters Battling TOPS”

  1. Donald Dabrowski says:

    I worked for a Liquor Ditributor and received a pension from local one!! Tops has been mismanaged for years , the upper management has taken money
    Many times a stuffed their pockets !! They just gave them self bounuses !! Absolutely unfair. They should go to jail for this. If this happens wegmans will only get stronger!!

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