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
    Email:  tallen@teamsters174.org
    Coca-Cola, Pepsi Bottling Group, Shasta Beverage

    Michael GonzalesMichael Gonzales
    Senior Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1345
    Email:  mgonzales@teamsters174.org
    AB Sales of Washington, Columbia Distributing


    Pete Lamb
    Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1344
    Email:  plamb@teamsters174.org
    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:

You can’t fight obesity by killing jobs – No Beverage Tax in Seattle

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.

Since this tax would only apply within the city limits of Seattle, the results are easy to predict: consumers will take their business outside the city. Two cents may not sound like much, but to put it into perspective, this proposed tax would increase the average cost of a two-liter bottle of soda by 87%, a 12-pack of soda by 44%, and a 24-pack by 72%. To anyone shopping on a budget, price increases of this magnitude are worth shopping elsewhere to avoid. This means that grocery stores within the City of Seattle will also face falling revenues, costing jobs.

And what about Seattle’s growing restaurant industry? This tax would increase the cost of such beverages by an average of 25%. Most of Seattle’s restaurants are family-owned small businesses for whom this tax’s negative impacts cannot be ignored. At the very least, businesses will see decreasing restaurant revenue spent by customers. Or worse, customers will choose to eat outside the city altogether.

There is no denying that there is an obesity epidemic in this country. But the way to fight that isn’t by destroying good family-wage Union jobs while at the same time taking money out of the budgets of the poorest among us. Mayor Murray’s goal may be noble, but his approach is all wrong.

We at the Teamsters cannot and do not support a tax that will put hardworking members of our communities out of a job, no matter how well-intentioned the tax may be.

Rick Hicks is the Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 174 and the President of Teamsters Joint Council 28, which represents 55,000 workers across Washington, Alaska, and the Idaho Panhandle.

Click here to read about Seattle’s proposed beverage tax and how similar taxes have already affected Philadelphia.

Click here to read about Teamsters Local 174’s opposition to the proposed Beverage Tax and see photos from a press conference against the tax.

Click here to read Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa’s letter to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council calling on them to find other ways of dealing with Seattle’s budget shortfalls rather than this tax.

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…)

Teamsters Local 174’s Fight Against the Beverage Tax Continues

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…)

The Sugar Tax: How has it 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.
(more…)

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