Anheuser-Busch settles in 10 States In the beer brewing industry, 9,000 workers in 10 States werecovered by a settlement between Anheuser-Busch, Inc., and the Teamstersunion. The contract, schedules to expire in February 1988, provides fora total wage increase of $2 and hour: 70 cents effective January 1,1985, followed by 65-cent increases on March 1 of 1986 and 1987. Underthe prior contract, pay averaged about $15 and hour, according to aunion official.
In March 1986, the company will end the practice of supplying theemployees with free beer during lunch and rest breaks. In return forthis change, Anheuser-Busch agreed to other forms of compensation,varying by location, such as increased payments to benefit funds ordistribution of free beer to take home. A union official said thechange reflected the mood of the country, particularly the increasingconcern over the danger of drinking and driving.
Elsewhere in the industry, the Miller Brewing Co. and the Teamsters negotiated a contract for 1,000 workers in Fort Worth, TX. Terms weresimilar to those at Anheuser-Busch.
In 1984, Miller and the unionnegotiated a contract in Eden, NC that provided for some 1,000 workersto receive the same wage increases as the Anheuser-Busch employees.