Union Threatening Strike at Budweiser Distributor
July 11, 2011
Bizjournals.com reports, teamsters at an Anheuser-Busch InBev distributor in Ohio are threatening to walk off the job after contract negotiations broke down. The union is accusing Heidelberg Distributing Co., which handles a variety of beers made by Anheuser-Busch InBev, including Budweiser beers, of breaking off negotiations and implementing a wide range of changes, including eliminating retiree health-care benefits for longtime employees. “Coca-Cola, Miller and Pepsi are willing to pay their employees the industry standard for the beverage market and provide them with decent benefits,” Varney Richmond, president of Teamsters Local 957, said in a statement. “Budweiser’s distributor needs to stop being greedy and step up to the plate.” The union, which represents more than 100 workers at Heidelberg, alleges the company wants to force its employees to work up to seven days a week, eliminate retiree health care for longtime employees and take away employees right to take unpaid leave for family medical emergencies. Anheuser-Busch InBev of Belgium, the world''s largest brewer, owns St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch.