The government shutdown is impacting the contract dispute between Wegmans and Teamsters Local 118.
After rejecting the company's final offer Monday night, the union requested a federal mediator, but because of the shutdown, the union says they won't be getting one. The contract dispute surrounds the employees pension.
Employees want to keep their current pension and retirement fund. The union says Wegmans' offer would immediately cut employee's compensation package, eradicate their pension and jeopardize their spouses' health care.
Wegmans called the current pension fund troubled, and blames the union for providing misinformation and pressure on its members.
By rejecting the contract, the union also authorized a strike. Wegmans says if that happens a plan is in place to ensure the stores remain open.