Brewery & Soft Drink

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Local 174 represents Brewery and Soft Drink workers at:

AB Sales of Washington, Coca-Cola, Columbia Distributing, PepsiCo, Shasta Beverage, and Southern Wine & Spirits
  • IBT Brewery & Soft Drink Conference:
    The Brewery and Soft Drink Conference is the beverage trade division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Conference has a proud history. Some locals date back to the 19th Century. Although once competitive with the AFL-CIO United Brewery Workers, the two unions merged in 1973 to form the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference.

    Here at Local 174, we represent over 750 Teamsters working in the production and distribution of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

    IBT Division Director: David Laughton

  • Business Agents:

    Tim AllenTim Allen
    Senior Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1316
    Coca-Cola, Pepsi Bottling Group, Shasta Beverage

    Michael GonzalesMichael Gonzales
    Senior Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1345
    AB Sales of Washington, Columbia Distributing

    Pete Lamb
    Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1344
    Southern Wine and Spirits

  • Useful Links:

    Grievance form link

    **Please note that Grievances MUST be submitted in person or by fax. They will not be accepted via email.**



Brewery & Soft Drink Teamsters in the News:

FMCSA Adds New Opioids to Drug Testing Panel Effective January 1, 2018

New Regulations will Test for Vicodin, OxyContin, Lorta, Norco, Dilaudid, etc.

November 21, 2017

Beginning January 1, 2018, the US Department of Transportations’ Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will expand its drug testing panel to include four synthetic opioid drugs: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. These substances are more commonly known as Vicodin, OxyContin, Lorta, Norco, and Dilaudid, among others.

These drugs are being added in order to harmonize DOT regulations with the recently revised Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. The HHS Guidelines were updated after studies of drug abuse trends made it clear that opioid abuse needed to be addressed.

The inclusion of these drugs is intended to combat illegal opioid abuse. There should not be a problem with these drugs if they are being taken responsibly via a legally valid prescription consistent with the Controlled Substances Act.

All FMCSA-regulated employers have until January 1, 2018 to revise their drug and alcohol testing policies to conform to the new regulations. Any Teamsters Local 174 member with a Commercial Drivers’ License and who is subject to FMCSA drug and alcohol testing at work should be aware of these changes. If you have any questions, please contact your Teamster Business Agent.

To learn more about this, read the full Department of Transportation rule published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2017.

“Best Pizza Chain In America” Joins Clare Rose Boycott

June 16, 2017

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Will No Longer Carry Anheuser-Busch Products Due to Worker Abuses at Beer Distributor Clare Rose

GREAT NECK, N.Y. – Called “The Best Pizza Chain in America” by USA Today, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is now a leader in the fight to save good jobs at local beer distributor Clare Rose. Workers at Clare Rose have been on strike for nearly two months after the company cut drivers’ wages by 30 percent and ended their pensions. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza joins Belmont Park and over three dozen local bars, stores, and restaurants in boycotting Clare Rose.

“Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza’s Long Island locations are boycotting Clare Rose and Anheuser-Busch products because of how the company has treated its workers,” said Anthony Bruno, owner of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. “It’s not acceptable to cut wages and pensions, then fire your workers when they stand up for themselves. I know that my restaurants are only successful because of the support we get from our community. When our community needs our support, we are there for them too.”

Fighting the Beverage Tax: Philadelphia Teamsters Local 830 Principal Officer Pens Letter to the Editor

June 13, 2017

We we know, we in Seattle are not the only ones doing battle against a Beverage Tax that threatens to destroy good Union jobs. Philadelphia’s Beverage Tax has been in effect since January of this year, and it has already destroyed 155 jobs while simultaneously bringing in less and less revenue to the City.

Read this letter to the editor written by Teamsters Local 830 Principal Officer Danny Grace. This is what will happen to us and to our City if we don’t keep fighting! Rest assured, the Teamsters are not done yet.

Here is the letter to the editor, which you can also view here.

EXCLUSIVE: Teamsters 830 leader says 155 laid off thanks to Phila. Beverage Tax

In an exclusive letter to the editor, Daniel H. Grace, of Teamsters Local 830, calls for more action to be taken against the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.

It’s no surprise to Teamsters Local 830 or our colleagues in the beverage industry that revenue generated by Philadelphia’s reviled beverage tax has been much less than the city projected. We predicted it.

The city brought in about $6.5 million in beverage tax revenue in April, which is a significant 7% drop from March when tax revenue hit $7 million.


Belmont Stakes Boycotts Anheuser-Busch and Clare Rose Over Strike

June 9, 2017

Beer Delivery Workers Have Been on Strike Since April 23 Over Wage, Pension Cuts

(ELMONT, N.Y.) – On the eve of the Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park joined the boycott of Anheuser-Busch distributor Clare Rose over the company’s poor labor practices and ongoing strike. Clare Rose drivers and warehouse workers, members of Teamsters Local 812, have been on strike since April 23rd, when the company illegally cut drivers’ wages by 30% and ended the workers’ pension.

Going forward, the beer vendor for Belmont Park is Manhattan beer, which will supply Coors products to replace the Anheuser-Busch products previously supplied by Clare Rose. Belmont Park notified Teamsters officials of the decision on Thursday. (more…)

Fighting the Beverage Tax: Seattle City Council Votes 7-1 in Favor of Amended Beverage Tax

June 6, 2017

Yesterday, in a move that was as disappointing as it was unsurprising, the Seattle City Council voted 7-1 in favor of a tax on sweetened beverages. The amendments that had been made to the tax prior to the last Council meeting – to exclude diet soda, and to include $1.5 million for retraining of workers displaced by the tax – thankfully survived and were included in the final proposal that passed the Council.

Teamsters Joint Council 28 Political Director Lily Wilson-Codega testifies before the Council

The lone vote against the tax was Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who had proposed amendments to lower the tax and broaden its application. She felt that the proposal in its current form – a 1.75-cent-per-ounce tax on only sugar-sweetened beverages – was unduly regressive, as it targeted only the poorest communities with a tax high enough to be considered punitive. However, her amendments were rejected by the Council, pushing her to vote against the proposal in its entirety.

Councilmember Kshama Sawant was not present at the meeting.

Teamsters Joint Council 28 Political Director Lily Wilson-Codega gave testimony at the meeting, thanking certain Councilmembers for taking the Teamsters’ concerns seriously enough to at least include measures in the tax to help protect our members.

Teamsters Local 174 Business Agent Pete Lamb testifies before the Council

Teamsters Local 174 Business Agent Pete Lamb also gave testimony in which he thanked those Councilmembers who had worked with us, but lambasted those who had cut deals, and who seemed to be proposing amendments designed to aid certain special interests rather than the community at large.

Despite the Teamsters’ months of hard work fighting against this tax, the prospect of an extra $15 million a year in the city’s coffers was too enticing for the Council to resist.

“We knew this was going to happen. It was like free money to them. How could they say no?” said Teamsters Joint Council 28 President Rick Hicks. “It is extremely disheartening to hear your elected officials essentially say, ‘I agree that this tax will hurt working people, but I don’t care.’”

The tax is now expected to go into effect in January of 2018. However, there will likely be more hiccups along the way for proponents of the tax – namely, that opponents may put a referendum on a public ballot and let the residents of Seattle decide whether or not they want to be taxed on their soda consumption. The measure is also likely to wind up in court, just like it has in Philadelphia.

“Rest assured, our fight does not end here,” Rick Hicks continued. “Teamsters have long memories.”

Founded in 1909, Teamsters Local 174 represents 7,200 working men and women in the Seattle area. “Like” us on Facebook at

Media Coverage:

The Stranger article including quote from Local 174 Business Agent Pete Lamb
My Northwest article with great two-part quote from Pete Lamb
Seattle Times article with quote from Pete Lamb and picture of Teamsters at the podium
KIRO 7 article and news coverage

Fighting the Beverage Tax: Several Important Victories, and a Press Release

May 31, 2017

This morning, we were back at City Hall to attend the Seattle City Council meeting, just as we have been for every meeting where the Beverage Tax was on the agenda. At this meeting, the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Finance Committee took public comment on the proposed Beverage Tax, and then voted on several amendments to the bill before eventually taking a vote on whether or not the bill should move forward to the full Council for an up-or-down vote.

The core group that has attended nearly every Council meeting since the Beverage Tax was proposed

While the proposal did successfully move past the Committee and will be voted on by the full Council next week, we are pleased to announce that because of the incredible efforts of our Local 174 members in the beverage industry, and the lobbying efforts of our beverage industry Teamster Business Agents, some important changes have been made to the bill that will make it far less harmful to our members.

Those changes include:

  1. The removal of diet soda from the tax, which should help to decrease the number of jobs that are lost as a result of this tax; and
  2. The addition of $1.5 million in funds to put towards worker retraining programs to assist those that lose their jobs as a result of this tax.


Memorial Day Beer Shortage Expected on Long Island

May 23, 2017

Teamsters Strike at Beer Distributor Clare Rose Hits One Month

(GREAT NECK, N.Y.) – As Long Island approaches the second biggest beer-buying weekend of the year – Memorial Day – a shortage of Budweiser, Bud Light, Heineken, Blue Point and other popular beers is expected. Teamster drivers and warehouse workers at beer distributor Clare Rose have been on strike for one month, choking off deliveries of Anheuser-Busch products to Long Island and leaving many store shelves empty.

Members of Teamsters Local 812 went on strike on April 23 when the company illegally cut drivers’ wages by 30 percent and ended the workers’ pension. Clare Rose has since begun permanently replacing its Long Island workforce with out-of-state workers. Still, scab drivers and warehouse workers have been unable to complete deliveries and many stores and bars will be out of Budweiser and other Clare Rose products come Memorial Day. Clare Rose CEO Sean Rose told Bloomberg in 2013 that the week before Memorial Day was the company’s second biggest sales week, behind the July 4 week. (more…)

Fighting the Beverage Tax: Martin Luther King County Labor Council Passes Resolution Against Beverage Tax


For Immediate Release
May 22, 2017


Resolution is an important step in fight against Seattle’s proposed beverage tax

On Wednesday May 17, 2017, Teamsters Local 174 presented a Resolution before the Martin Luther King County Labor Council urging them to “Beware of the Beverage Tax: It is not what it seems.” The Resolution, which demanded that any beverage tax proposal include measures to address the negative impact on working families, was passed by the Council in a unanimous vote of the delegates.

In recent years, beverage taxes have become more and more attractive as potential revenue sources for cities and municipalities across the United States, including in the City of Seattle. However, these taxes have been shown time and time again to be destroyers of good jobs in the beverage industry and other related industries. Despite mounting evidence of this, beverage tax proponents have consistently failed to consider the adverse impacts these taxes have on the thousands of Union members who produce, warehouse, and deliver these products. (more…)

Teamsters Protest MillerCoors And Shore Point At Belmar Seafood Festival

May 22, 2017

Belmar Mayor Joins Workers Protesting Shore Point’s Lockout

(BELMAR, N.J.) – This weekend Teamster members, union allies, supporters and the mayor of the Belmar protested MillerCoors and Shore Point Distributing at the annual Belmar Seafood Festival.

On April 30, the distributor that MillerCoors uses in New Jersey,Shore Point Distributing, locked 113 of its workers out of their jobs, in an attempt to force them to give up their pension, agree to a three-year wage freeze, and agree to give the company permission to change their health insurance plan and healthcare costs at any time. (more…)

Long Island Stores And Bars Boycott Clare Rose And Anheuser-Busch

May 19, 2017

Teamsters Strike Approaches One Month Mark

(GREAT NECK, N.Y.) – Long Island’s small businesses are turning against Clare Rose, the sole distributor of Anheuser-Busch products and several craft beers like Blue Point and Greenport. Dozens of bars and stores are supporting the Teamsters strike, which began April 23, and have joined the boycott of the company by hanging boycott signs in their windows and refusing deliveries from Clare Rose’s replacement drivers.

“Our business is boycotting Clare Rose until the Teamster strike ends,” said Jon Cusano of Brownstone Brewing Company. “We need to support these middle-class families so they can have fair wages and decent pensions.”

The list of local businesses boycotting Clare Rose includes Handy Pantry in Manorville and Mastic Beach, Farrell’s Pub in West Islip, Tara Inn in Port Jefferson, JW’s Pub in Ronkonkoma, and North Shore Beverage in Miller Place. Clare Rose workers, who are members of Local 812, are on strike over wage and benefit cuts. (more…)

Fighting the Beverage Tax: Silenced Speeches for the Seattle City Council

May 19, 2017

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the Seattle City Council met to take public comment on their proposed Beverage Tax. This tax, if implemented, would devastate jobs in the beverage industry in Seattle, just as it did to workers in the beverage industry in Philadelphia when a similar tax was implemented in January of this year. You can learn more about the background of the situation here.

Unfortunately, the Council limited comments and our members were not given the chance to speak. However, we will NOT be silenced. If we can’t speak in the City Council Chambers, then we will speak here instead.

Here are our stories: (more…)

Teamsters Protest Worker Lockout By Shore Point Distributing

May 4, 2017

Many Retail Customers Not Selling Beers Distributed By Shore Point

(Freehold, N.J.) – Teamster members, union allies and supporters are protesting Shore Point Distributing’s lockout of its workers, as are Shore Point’s retail customers.

On April 30, Shore Point, Freehold, New Jersey, locked out 113 of its workers in an attempt to force them to give up their pension, accept a 3-year wage freeze, and agree to give the company permission to change their health insurance plan and co-pays at any time. (more…)

Fighting the Beverage Tax: Seattle City Council Meeting — May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017

Today, the Seattle City Council held their first meeting that involved public comment on the proposed Beverage Tax. The Teamsters strongly oppose this tax because it is a demonstrated killer of good jobs — a similar-but-lower tax destroyed hundreds of Teamster jobs in Philadelphia, and we do not want to see the same situation arise in Seattle. Read more about our position here and here.

Several Teamster members in the Beverage Industry came to give testimony in front of the Council.

Adam Murphy, Local 174 member at Columbia Distributing; JR Noa, Local 174 member at Coca-Cola; Luke Vaule, Local 174 member at Coca-Cola; and Anthony Brown, Local 174 member at PepsiCo


Teamsters Protest Clare Rose At National Beer Wholesalers Reception

May 2, 2017

Momentum Builds as Strike for Local 812 Members Hits Ninth Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An ongoing strike followed Long Island beer distributor Clare Rose to the nation’s capital today. The Teamsters Union protested outside of the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s Legislative Conference (NBWA), handing out fliers and waving signs reading, “Clare Rose Destroys Jobs, Hurts Families.”

NBWA has repeatedly highlighted Clare Rose and its workers on its website. Sean Rose, the Clare Rose CEO, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the association.

“NBWA promotes the beer wholesale industry as a creator of good, local jobs, but Clare Rose’s union busting and wage cutting is tarnishing that image,” said Ed Weber, President of Teamsters Local 812. “Wherever Clare Rose goes, we will be there. Clare Rose cannot ignore what it is doing to Long Island families.” (more…)

Fighting the Beverage Tax: Teamsters Back at City Hall

April 27, 2016

Representatives of the Keep Seattle Livable for All Coalition

Teamsters Local 174 — along with representatives from Teamsters Local 117, Teamsters Joint Council 28, and members of the Seattle business community — showed up at City Hall in Seattle today to continue our fight against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed Beverage Tax. Mayor Murray held a press conference at 9:15 this morning to announce further details to his plan, including the addition of diet soda to the 1.75-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages.

The Teamsters have been opposed to this tax from its inception, having seen firsthand the damage that beverage taxes inflict on family-wage and Union jobs (read more about our position here). We will not support a tax that will put hardworking middle-class Americans out of a job, no matter how well-intentioned the tax may be.

In order to make our voices heard, the Teamsters and our coalition held our own press conference at City Hall immediately following the Mayor’s. Teamsters Local 174 Business Agent Pete Lamb was interviewed extensively by several news outlets, and he spoke eloquently about our deep concern that this tax will destroy good jobs in Seattle — just like it did when it was implemented in Philadelphia earlier this year. (more…)

Teamster Strike Shuts Down Budweiser Distribution On Long Island

April 24, 2017

Heartless Owners Say They Will Permanently Replace Over 100 Long-time Workers on Strike

GREAT NECK, NY – The workers who deliver, sell, and merchandise Budweiser, Heineken, and other beer products to Nassau and Suffolk Counties walked the picket line today, largely stopping distribution on Long Island. The over 100 drivers and warehousemen, who work for Clare Rose and are members of Teamsters Local 812, began striking when the company announced 30 percent wage cuts and ended the drivers’ pension.

“This is a highly profitable company in a stable industry. There is no explanation for massive wage and retirement cuts other than greed,” said Teamsters Local 812 President Ed Weber. “These are the middle-class jobs that we used to be able to count on in Long Island. We aren’t going to give up our livelihoods just so the rich can get richer.” (more…)

Fighting the Beverage Tax: You can’t fight obesity by killing jobs

Rick HicksAn Op-ed by Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks

The tax on sugar-sweetened beverages proposed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is a disaster in waiting for local workers, businesses and families. On its surface, the tax may sound like a good idea: fighting the obesity epidemic while funding education at the same time – who wouldn’t like that? But the reality is that it is working families who will end up shouldering the heavy burden of this proposed tax.

Similar taxes have already been implemented in other major cities in the United States, and the effects have been devastating to workers. Teamster families at Local 830 in Philadelphia have already begun to feel the negative impacts that this tax creates, as Philadelphia started collecting a 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages on January 1, 2017.

Since then, Local 830’s Principal Officer Danny Grace reports that: Beverage companies as a whole have seen their sales decrease between 40%-54%; Pepsi Philadelphia has announced a first round of layoffs of between 80-100 employees, and Teamster commissioned salespersons for Pepsi have seen their weekly take home pay decrease between 50% to 70% due to lost sales in the market; Coca-Cola has initiated layoffs of approximately 30% of its work force in Philadelphia; Canada Dry/7-UP and Dr. Pepper has initiated layoffs of 35 Employees.

All of these job losses have come from a tax of 1.5 cents-per-ounce – but Seattle Mayor Murray has proposed a tax of 2 cents-per-ounce. That is 33.3% higher. (more…)

Ft. Myer’s Southern Glazer’s Wine And Spirits Drivers Vote Teamsters

April 12, 2017

Beer and Liquor Drivers Join Local 79

Delivery drivers working for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits in Ft. Myer, Florida, have voted to join Teamsters Local 79, Tampa. The majority of the 30-driver unit voted in favor of joining the union.

“Being a Teamster is going to make a big difference on the job for us at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits,” said Enrique Vasquez, a driver. (more…)

Fighting the Beverage Tax: Press Conference on April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

Our fight against the proposed Sugar Tax continued yesterday, as the Teamsters participated in a press conference to announce a coalition of small business, labor, and immigrant groups who all oppose this two-cent-per-ounce proposed tax on pre-sweetened beverages within the City of Seattle.

Teamsters Local 174 Business Agent Pete Lamb gave a speech highlighting the job-killing effects of this kind of tax, which have already been seen by Teamsters in Philadelphia.

View the Seattle Times article covering yesterday’s event below.

You can read more about Teamsters Local 174’s position on this issue by clicking here.

View our photos from yesterday’s event:(more…)

Fighting the Beverage Tax: How has a Sugar Tax affected Philadelphia, and how could it affect Seattle?

March 29, 2017

On February 21, 2017, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed a tax on sugary beverages for the City of Seattle. This tax, which would affect sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, pre-sweetened teas, coffees, and some fruit drinks, has already been implemented in several other major cities in the United States.

One of the most recent cities to adopt this type of tax is Philadelphia, where a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages went into effect on January 1, 2017.

The effects of this tax have been disastrous for the Beverage industry in Philadelphia. According to the Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 830, Danny Grace, the effects have been:

  • Beverage companies as a whole have seen their sales decrease between 40%-54%
  • Pepsi Philadelphia has announced a first round of layoffs of between 80-100 employees. Teamster commissioned salespersons for Pepsi have seen their weekly take home pay decrease between 50% to 70% due to lost sales in the market
  • Coca-Cola has initiated layoffs of approximately 30% of its work force in Philadelphia
  • Canada Dry/7-UP and Dr. Pepper has initiated layoffs of 35 Employees

The tax proposed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray would be $.02 per ounce, which is approximately 33.5% higher than the tax that went into effect in Philadelphia.

“The impacts of such a tax in Seattle will be devastating to the hundreds of Teamster members that are employed in the Beverage industry,” said Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “And the impact wouldn’t stop there. This tax will have negative impacts on both Union and non-represented employees throughout the Beverage, Grocery, and Food Service industries as well. We cannot and do not support a tax that will put hardworking middle-class Americans out of a job, no matter how well-intentioned the tax may be.” (more…)

Teamsters Urge Court Intervention to Protect Public Interest in Mega Beer Merger

October 7, 2016

Failure by DOJ to Require Divestiture Puts Consumers at Risk

(WASHINGTON) – In a comment letter submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) this week, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters raises serious questions whether the Antitrust Division has adequately remedied the harm to competition resulting from the largest beer merger in history – the $107 billion merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) [NYSE: BUD] with SABMiller.

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