Anheuser-Busch settles in 10 states Essay

Anheuser-Busch settles in 10 States

In the beer brewing industry, 9,000 workers in 10 States were
covered by a settlement between Anheuser-Busch, Inc., and the Teamsters
union. The contract, schedules to expire in February 1988, provides for
a 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. Under
the prior contract, pay averaged about $15 and hour, according to a
union official.

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In March 1986, the company will end the practice of supplying the
employees with free beer during lunch and rest breaks. In return for
this change, Anheuser-Busch agreed to other forms of compensation,
varying by location, such as increased payments to benefit funds or
distribution of free beer to take home. A union official said the
change reflected the mood of the country, particularly the increasing
concern 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 were
similar to those at Anheuser-Busch. In 1984, Miller and the union
negotiated a contract in Eden, NC that provided for some 1,000 workers
to receive the same wage increases as the Anheuser-Busch employees.


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