(Washington, D.C.) –By an overwhelming majority, Teamster members at Anheuser-Busch’s breweries in the United States voted to ratify a five-year agreement covering more than 6,500 workers. This is the first contract members voted on since the proposed takeover by InBev was announced earlier this year.
“The U.S. beer industry is that much stronger now that our members voted to keep doing their best work at Anheuser-Busch breweries,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “American-made beer, especially a hallmark brand such as Anheuser-Busch, needs to succeed in America. Our members, by ratifying a new collective bargaining agreement, will be a critical reason for that success.”
Part of the new agreement is an assurance from Anheuser-Busch that the 12 breweries in the United States will not close for the next five years. All 12 breweries employ members of the Teamsters that brew and bottle the multiple brands produced by Anheuser-Busch. The brewery locations are: Los Angeles; St. Louis; Jacksonville, Florida; Newark, New Jersey; Houston, Texas; Ft. Collins, Colorado; Williamsburg, Virginia; Cartersville, Georgia; Merrimack, New Hampshire; Fairfield, California; Columbus, Ohio, and Baldwinsville, New York.
“Our negotiating team urged Anheuser-Busch to keep their promises,” said Jack Cipriani, Director of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference and International Vice President. “And, we succeeded because this contract provides good wages and benefits plus secure retirement plans – all crucial elements for our members nationwide. As a result of keeping these jobs strong, communities where Anheuser-Busch breweries are located will continue growing. In today’s economy, the stability of a Teamster-collective bargaining agreement is priceless.”
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 1.4 million hard working men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.