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:

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…)

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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