Teamsters local abruptly ends Philadelphia beer distributors’ strike, concludes new contract with few details made public

On Saturday, Teamsters Local 830 announced that it had come to an agreement with the Delaware Valley Importing Distributors Association (DVIDA) and that a new four-year contract had been ratified for 400 beer delivery workers who had been on strike.

A joint statement produced by Local 830 and the DVIDA claimed the contract’s “overwhelming ratification.” Strikers had won “a fair and comprehensive agreement that includes significant wage and benefit increases and enhanced flexibility.”

The announcement included news of a 10.5 percent wage increase the first year “plus additional increases each following year” (Philadelphia) Inquirer). It did not say whether these raises would compensate for inflation, which is currently pushing 9 percent.

The local proclaimed that it had secured “increased pension contributions in the second, third and fourth years.” Workers will also receive “additional 401 (K) contributions, an additional paid holiday and new, reduced work hours.”

Aside from the first year’s wage increase, the only specific detail was that shift times would be limited to “five days with 10-hour time limits and two days with 11-hour time limits.” This is in contrast to the previously-rejected Teamsters -backed offer which would have had drivers working 12-hour shifts for five days a week.

World Socialist Web Site efforts to contact the local for further details have so far gone unanswered.

The strike, which consisted of beer distributors working for Penn Beer Sales and Service, Origlio Beverages and Muller, Incorporated, had heavily impacted “Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Chester counties,” wrote ABC News. The local oversees nearly 3,100 members that work in warehouses, distribution and sales.

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