Found September 30, 2013 on
New York Sports-Kings:
Yesterday, it was brought to our attention that for some reason, an odd banner was flown over Ralph Wilson Stadium. It involved local grocery chain Wegmans and their current disputes with their workers union. Take a look!
Very odd banner flying above stadium here in Orchard Park #bills#billsmafiapic.twitter.com/4RVv0amTWV
— john_kucko (@john_kucko) September 29, 2013
If you find it a little tough to read, it says “WEGMANS WANTS BUFFALO TO LOSE”. It caused plenty of confusion to all that saw, wondering who was responsible and what they possibly meant with the message.
Later, officials for the grocery store blamed Teamsters Local 118 for the skywriting. They are currently locked in a contractual dispute with the Rochester-based supermarket chain over the company’s plan to move its members out of the union’s retirement plan and into a company plan.
The company released a statement explaining all later on in the day.
In response to the Teamsters Union recent leafleting at our stores and skywriting today over the Buffalo Bills game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Wegmans wants to set out the straight facts about its contract proposals for the distribution employees in Rochester.
The union claims that we are destroying Rochester jobs, which is untrue. We are proud of the 885 jobs for the employees in this bargaining unit. That’s up from 800 jobs just 8 years ago in spite of the economic conditions and southern distribution center expansion at Wegmans.
The union also claims we’re eliminating pensions for our workers. Again, this is simply, not true. Our employees are currently enrolled in the New York State Teamsters Conference Pension and Retirement Fund (the Fund), a plan that is grossly underfunded. For each dollar of retirement benefits promised by the Fund it has only $.46 in assets, and they project it to decline over time to $.34. We propose to move our people out of this failing fund, into the same secure plan we have for all our other employees and pay $136 million dollars to the Fund in withdrawal liability to preserve the pension benefits our people have earned to date. We believe our last, best and FINAL OFFER provides the most secure future for our people and their families
Here’s a more close up picture for those interested:
(Photo courtesy of James P. McCoy, Buffalo News)
Are the local unions using the Buffalo Bills to get their message across that Wegmans is bad for Buffalo? Was skywriting really the best way to spend money when the union is complaining about money woes?
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