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Teamsters Local 118 Ratifies Contract with Kraft-Heinz in Avon, New York


(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) – Despite announcements in 2015 of a potential plant shutdown, Teamsters Local 118 in Rochester, N.Y. and Kraft-Heinz have reached a new three-year agreement.

The ratified agreement with the recently formed Kraft-Heinz Inc. provides annual wage increases exceeding the cost of living, an enhanced medical plan, improved personal leave and vacation time along with other favorable contractual changes.

“Despite months of negotiations, business agent Dave Weilert and the team of union stewards did an outstanding job of reaching this agreement,” said Teamsters Local 118 President Paul Markwitz. “The uncertainties of dealing with a new employer in a competitive environment posed many challenges along the way. The hard work put into this agreement is reflective in the overwhelming support by our members who voted to ratify this agreement.”

Teamsters Local 118 represents over 300 workers at the Kraft-Heinz facility in Avon, N.Y. and more than 4,300 members throughout the greater Rochester area. Follow us on Facebook at Friends of Teamsters Local 118, on Twitter @Teamsters118 or visit