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, […]
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.”
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
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.
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 […]
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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
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.
For Immediate Release
May 22, 2017
MARTIN LUTHER KING COUNTY LABOR COUNCIL PASSES RESOLUTION AGAINST BEVERAGE TAX
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.