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    Default Twin Cities Beer Truck Drivers Strike Over Safety Conditions

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A strike by beer truck drivers in Minneapolis may make it hard for you to find your favorite beer.

    Ninety-three drivers represented by Teamsters Local 792 are on strike.

    They accuse J.J. Taylor Distributing of Minnesota of ignoring the safety concerns of workers.

    “These are the guys that deliver their beer on a regular basis and they’re not asking for money, they’re not asking for big wages…what they are asking for is safety on the job,” said Teamsters’ Edward Reynoso.

    He says J.J. Taylor Distributing wants to redo all its routes, combining keg and package deliveries.

    He says the company calls it streamlining, the union considers it a safety issue.

    “They are expected to pick up a 175 pound keg by themselves, and historically they’ve provided helpers and they’ve decided to change their whole delivery system to where these guys wouldn’t have these helpers,” Reynoso said.
    Twin Cities Beer Truck Drivers Strike Over Safety Conditions « WCCO | CBS Minnesota

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    Default Re: Twin Cities Beer Truck Drivers Strike Over Safety Conditions

    14 beers striking Twin Cities truck drivers want you to boycott in solidarity
    The striking drivers of Teamsters Local 792 union are asking supporters for a temporary boycott of more than a dozen popular beers. Among them: Schell's, Guinness, Summit, Leinenkugel's, Miller Lite, and Deschutes.

    Those brews are usually delivered by the roughly 100 unionized drivers who keep things flowing at bars and liquor stores. These past few weeks, they've been delivered by strike-breaking drivers -- "scabs," in pro-labor parlance -- who've been hired by the company on the other side of the bargaining table. That balance is achieved by making two-man routes into one-man gigs, which the Teamsters say would make their jobs not just overly demanding, but dangerous, forcing individual drivers to lift and move dozens of 175-pound kegs in a single workday, according to Ed Reynoso, political director for Teamsters unions in Minnesota. In exchange for removing a pair of hands, the company says it will teach delivery drivers about ergonomics, and how to properly load and transport kegs.

    Teach drivers about ergonomics ... a seasoned driver already knows there is no way to lift or carry a 175 pound keg down a flight of stairs safely.
    What a line of horse crap by the employer.
    Taylor has hired replacement drivers through Huffmaster; Reynoso says because those drivers are brought in from out of state, the company's been paying not just salaries, but room and board and per diems, too.
    Scab union breakers.
    14 beers striking Minneapolis-St. Paul Teamsters want you to boycott in solidarity | City Pages
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    Default Re: Twin Cities Beer Truck Drivers Strike Over Safety Conditions

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    14 beers striking Twin Cities truck drivers want you to boycott in solidarity


    Teach drivers about ergonomics ... a seasoned driver already knows there is no way to lift or carry a 175 pound keg down a flight of stairs safely.
    What a line of horse crap by the employer.

    Scab union breakers.
    14 beers striking Minneapolis-St. Paul Teamsters want you to boycott in solidarity | City Pages
    I'm thinking the "suit" who thinks teaching drivers about ergonomics as the solution should put his money where his mouth is and work a route for a couple weeks by himself.

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    Default Re: Twin Cities Beer Truck Drivers Strike Over Safety Conditions

    Yes, old news, but the strike was settled.

    The nearly seven-week strike by 93 members of Teamsters Local 792 against distribution company J.J. Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota came to an end late Thursday, May 24, 2018.
    According to a tweet from Teamsters Local 792, the contract between the striking employees and Minnesota’s largest beer distributor was overwhelmingly ratified: “all along it was about our right to a safe work environment and that is exactly what we won.”
    This part is strange, at least to me. Force a strike, hire replacements and security, then keep them on afterwards.
    How much did this ( and will it ) cost them in the future ?

    As for the workers, all 93 delivery drivers and warehouse workers who went on strike will still have a job, if they want it. So will the 40-some permanent replacements J.J. Taylor hired in the striking employees’ absence. (The company also hired temporary security and delivery workers from crisis management company Huffmaster to supplement their workforce during the strike.) “We plan to keep them on even after the striking employees return on Tuesday, May 29,” Morton says. “We will not be letting those guys go. That was our commitment, from John Taylor, the owner. We’ll find spots for everybody; we’ll just run a little heavy for a while.”
    https://growlermag.com/j-j-taylor-mn...n-week-strike/

 

 

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