BUFFALO, N.Y., June 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters who work for TOPS Markets-owned Erie Logistics protested the company at the annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 3.5-mile road race yesterday. The workers educated the crowd about how TOPS is breaking its promise to provide a good retirement for Erie Logistics employees.
"I haven't asked for anything I haven't earned," said 30-year TOPS worker Marvin Ziemba. "I'm eligible to retire but I can't right now. All I want to do is go be with my daughter."
"TOPS agreed to pay into its workers' pension plan," explained Brian Dickman, President/PEO of Teamsters Local 264. "But now it is playing games and is withholding pension payments. This is leaving workers in limbo. There are numerous workers in the facility who want to retire but aren't able to."
The workers, who are represented by Local 264 in Cheektowaga, distributed leaflets to race attendees that read, "TOPS Never Stops … Breaking Promises." An airplane banner flew overhead bearing the same message. The workers also held "Burma Shave"-style signs for the runners to read as they ran by. The signs read, "Workers Were Promised / They Could Retire / Turns Out That TOPS / Is A Big Fat Liar."
"Companies are at the race today to show that they are good neighbors. TOPS portrays itself as a friendly community market. But this kind of corporate behavior is outrageous. It hurts us, our families and our communities," Dickman said.
Ziemba added, "We deserve to retire with dignity, and young people in our communities should be able to have access to jobs that open up when people like me retire. This isn't good for anyone."
Brian Dickman, (716) 860-1945
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SOURCE Teamsters Local Union 264