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More than 100 union delivery drivers and warehouse workers for Clare Rose Inc., a New York beer distributor, went on strike Sunday afternoon after months of unsuccessful wage negotiations.
Clare Rose announced that it would be replacing the striking workers, according to a press release Monday afternoon from Teamsters Local 812.
Additionally, Clare Rose’s mechanics — member of Machinists Local 447 — walked out Monday in support of the striking workers, according to the Teamsters’ press release.
The workers’ five year contract with Clare Rose — which sells Anheuser-Busch InBev, Heineken, Pabst Brewing and various craft beer products throughout Long Island — expired on March 31. An extension was previously granted but expired Friday, when union members voted 107-9 to reject management’s “final offer.”
“We haven’t had a strike in this union for over 20 years,” Joe Vitta, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 812, which represents the workers, told Brewbound. “We’ve always been able to negotiate.”
The distributor’s proposal would have cut union worker wages by 30 percent, ended driver pensions and eliminated a salary continuation benefit for union employees who were injured on the job, according to Vitta.
“This is union-busting 101,” Vitta told Brewbound.