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“We’re Not Here To Get Rich. We’re Here To Survive.” - Teamsters-Represented Workers At The Friendship Dairy In The Southern Tier Go On Strike, ‘Demand Company Rescind Concessionary’ Demands

Published Thursday, November 4, 2021
by Teamsters News
“We’re Not Here To Get Rich.  We’re Here To Survive.” - Teamsters-Represented Workers At The Friendship Dairy In The Southern Tier Go On Strike, ‘Demand Company Rescind Concessionary’ Demands

(FRIENDSHIP, NEW YORK) – Teamsters Local 264-represented Employees at the Friendship Dairy in Allegany County hit the picket line on Wednesday (November 3rd) after voting unanimously to go on Strike.

The Union Members, who’ve been working throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, are protesting the company’s attempt to gut their health care and seniority benefits just weeks before Thanksgiving.

“Friendship Dairy wants to increase health care costs to the point where our Members will effectively be taking a pay cut,” Teamsters Local 264 Recording Secretary and Business Agent Darrin Ziemba said.

“Friendship Dairy’s parent company, Saputo Dairy, generated ($11.5 billion) in revenue last year,” Ziemba added. “This company can afford to do right by its Staff.”

Dawn Freeman has worked at the facility for 28 years and serves on the Negotiating Committee: “The company told us that they went above and beyond during the pandemic, but they did nothing for (250) people.  We got no raises, no incentives and what they’re proposing now is a slap in the face.  We’re not here to get rich. We’re here to survive, but with this proposal we can’t even do that.”

Teamsters Local 264 represents more than 4,000 Workers in the Private and Public Sector throughout Upstate New York.

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