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On Friday, 99 percent of the 5,000 Teamsters working at the beverage juggernaut’s 12 U.S. breweries nationwide voted to authorize a strike if a new contract is not reached.
The union members represent more than one-quarter of Anheuser-Busch’s U.S. workforce.
“If Anheuser-Busch’s executives can’t get their act together to negotiate an agreement that respects workers, we will see them out on the streets,” Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien said in a statement Saturday.
The labor union is demanding job security in the form of higher wages and better health care and retirement benefits.
The union’s current contract with Anheuser-Busch expires on Feb. 29. Negotiations have stalled since mid-November, the Teamsters said.
On Saturday, Anheuser-Busch Teamsters nationwide voted by a resounding 99 percent to authorize a strike if the beer giant fails to deliver on a fair agreement. Teamsters Brewery, Bakery, and Soft …
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