Brutal News for Anheuser-Busch as One-Quarter of Its US Workforce Prepares to Strike

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Anheuser-Busch’s turbulent year continues with the beer giant facing the possibility of a crippling strike.

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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