After months of negotiations, Teamsters Local 118 has a new five-year tentative agreement with Wegmans Food Markets, headquartered in Rochester, New York. Local 118 represents approximately 4,300 members throughout the greater Rochester area.
Subject to ratification by the membership, this agreement provides for the largest wage package of any agreement previously reached with the company. In addition, the union was able to successfully address significant issues impacting seniority rights, vacations, the use of part-time workers and other areas.
“Lead Negotiator Chris Toole and the entire Union Committee of Stewards did an outstanding job of standing united and firm on their proposals. The historic progress made under this agreement is a testament to the success Wegmans enjoys due to the hard work of our members,” says Teamsters Local 118 President Paul Markwitz.
Members will receive copies of the tentative agreement and the local will conduct contract review meeting with a ratification vote expected to take place the week of July 29.
Wegmans is a regional supermarket chain with 99 stores: 46 in New York, 18 in Pennsylvania, nine in New Jersey, 12 in Virginia, eight in Maryland and six in Massachusetts.
The family-owned grocery company was founded in 1916. Danny Wegman is chairman; Colleen Wegman, his daughter, is president and CEO. Danny’s daughter Nicole Wegman is SVP. Mr. Robert Wegman, Danny’s father, was chairman until his death in April 2006.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million men and women throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.