July 16, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Buffalo, NY – It appears Tops Supermarket management was none too happy with Teamsters Local 264 over the weekend as Union-represented Erie Logistics Workers took their public campaign to tens of thousands of people who attended the annual Taste of Buffalo food festival event in Downtown Buffalo, which is sponsored by Tops.
The Teamsters say Tops management is “breaking a promise” to provide a good retirement for its 650 Members who are employed by Erie Logistics Employees, which operates as a subsidiary of Tops Markets LLC and has an warehouse distribution facility in the Buffalo Suburb of Lancaster. The dispute involves getting $16 million in pension money that the Union wants restored to the Employee’s Pension Fund.
According to Teamsters Local 264 Representative Darrin Ziemba, a banner (Pictured Above/Teamsters Local 264 Photo) that hung on an outdoor second-floor balcony on the Statler Hotel that read: Tops Nevers Stops Breaking Promises, only lasted about an hour before someone – believed to be a Tops representative – contacted the former hotel and asked it be taken down. A similar sign that appeared in a first floor office window that carried the same message, (Pictured Below/Teamsters Local 264 Photo) was also removed – largely in part, Teamster Officials say, because they’d been strategically placed to shadow Tops’ main tent at the food festival.
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