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Workers strike in South Buffalo

Chris Caya/wbfo news
Workers walk the line at the Sorrento plant in South Buffalo.

Hundreds of unionized workers at Sorrento-Lactalis remain on strike. 

Striking workers set up a picket line near the main gate to Sorrento's plant on South Park Avenue Monday morning. 

The job action includes 257 hourly workers. 

But the rank-and-file-members of Teamsters Local 264 declined to talk on tape; calls to union leaders were not returned. 

Company officials also did not return calls seeking comment, however in a written statement Lactalis said after several months of negotiations the company's final offer included a competitive package of healthcare benefits,  improved wages and other items that benefit employees.

But Lactalis said the union refused to submit the company's offer to members for a vote. 

Lactalis  "remains hopeful the parties can reach agreement"  and the company "remains committed to its longstanding tradition of cheese making in Buffalo."

Production will be supplemented by a sister plant in Idaho.