Drivers and warehouse workers at the state of Connecticut’s largest Anheuser-Busch distributor, Dichello Distributors, went on strike Sunday night over the company’s lack of a fair contract offer. The 91 workers, members of Teamsters Local 443 in New Haven, Conn., are now on a strike line outside company headquarters and the distribution of beer in the state is at a standstill.
The company’s latest offer consisted of an average wage increase of 12 cents per hour over a 10-year period – far too low considering the long-term tenure of many of the workers and the profitability of the company.
“Many of our members have been working at Dichello for 15, 20 or more years,” said Daniel Flanagan, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 443. “They are dedicated and are a crucial part of what has made this company the success it is today. It’s insulting that the company would offer such a small wage increase in this contract. We are standing strong with our members on the picket line at Dichello.”
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