ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Wegmans announced that its Rochester-based distribution and transportation employees, represented by Teamsters Local 118, have rejected the company's "last, best and final" offer.
The situation between Wegmans and Teamsters Local 118 received a new wave of attention Sunday when the union hired a plane to fly a banner of Ralph Wilson Stadium during the Buffalo Bills game that "Wegmans Wants Buffalo to Lose."
"It is extremely frustrating that the Teamsters' desire to keep Wegmans from leaving its troubled pension fund put our employees in the position it did," says CEO Danny Wegman. "We made an offer to provide a more secure future for our people, and the union responded with misinformation and pressure on its own members - our employees - to reject that offer. We are very concerned."
Wegmans says their final offer included an immediate pay raise and a change in retirement plan structure.
"It is our understanding that a 'no' vote was also a strike authorization vote giving the Teamsters Union authority to call a strike at any time without further input from our people," says Mike Cullen, vice president of distribution.
Wegmans has said that their stores will remain open in the event of a strike.