Your favorite beer can be hard to find in the Philly area as teamsters are striking out for local 830 better wages – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It can be tough to find your favorite beer in the next few weeks. That’s because the people who take it to the beer store, Teamsters Local 830 Union in Northeast Philadelphia, are on strike.

Employees of Origlio, Mueller and Penn distributors spent Sunday at picket lines. They are demanding better salary. They serve Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks counties and on Saturdays, Voted 308 to 40 to go on strike.

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“The hardworking members of Teamsters Local 830 have had enough. The final contract offer put forward by the Delaware Valley Importers Distribution Association was quite frankly outrageous,” said Daniel H., secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 830. Grace said. “Compensation is always an issue, but especially problematic is the proposed hours of work for our members of beverage companies – 12-hour shifts for five or six consecutive days. This is excessive. Beverage companies know that our members know their operations. And they are the driving force behind success, yet they think they can treat us like second class citizens. We will not stand for it.”

The three distributors carry most of the popular national beer brands as well as the popular seltzer.

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Grace explained that the strike comes within two weeks of the July 4th holiday, which she says is “one of the most lucrative times of the calendar year for the beverage industry.”

“It would be a shame if the beverage shelves of grocery stores, convenience stores and beer distributors are empty for the three-day 4th of July weekend,” Grace said. “The Delaware Valley Importers Distribution Association can quickly end this impasse by giving our members a fair contract, who is responsible for runaway inflation and quality of life issues in America. Until then, we will be on strike. Our resolve and Solidarity is unshakable.”

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The picket lines extended on Sunday, June 19 and will remain in place until the contractual dispute is settled.

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