Workers at Widmer Brothers Brewing voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 162. The 54 newly organized Teamsters work in brewing, packaging, microbiology, and quality assurance.
"It is wonderful to see these workers coming together to exercise their rights," said Mark Davison, Teamsters Western Region Vice President and President of Local 162. "Fair pay, better health care, safety on the job – these are all things we'll be working on in contract negotiations."
The workers began organizing when Widmer Brothers was purchased by Anheuser-Busch Inbev, in part because they are not being paid fairly in comparison to the parent company's union breweries. The workers also have concerns about safety in the workplace, scheduling issues, and the quality of the health care plan.