Local strike could impact beer availability ahead of 4th of July weekend

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Local beverage industry workers went on strike, potentially affecting the availability of beer and other beverages in the Philadelphia area ahead of July 4 celebrations.

Teamsters Local 830 represents a few thousand workers in the beverage industry, from warehouse workers to delivery drivers. The union is striking against the Delaware Valley Importers Distribution Association, an industry group that includes Penn Beer Sales and Service, Origlio Beverage and Muller Inc.

The dispute between workers and the beverage industry is over wages and working conditions. The work stoppage began on Sunday.

“Compensation is always an issue, but what is particularly problematic are the working hours offered by the beverage companies for our members – 12-hour shifts for five or six consecutive days,” the secretary said. – Teamsters Local 830 Treasurer Daniel H. Grace in a statement. . “It’s excessive.”

The union would not release specific information about the current salary the workers are receiving, what they are looking for, or what the association offered them in a letter the union rejected.

“The prices for everything, including their drinks, have skyrocketed. Inflation has hit our members extremely hard. They deserve to be fairly compensated in these tough economic times,” Grace said.

The association could not be reached on Monday for comment. Muller Inc. has a message on its phone stating that it is not accepting new orders from Philadelphia and neighboring counties in Pennsylvania and is still figuring out what to do with current orders

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