About ninety percent of almost 5,000 Teamsters who are working across the 12 US breweries of the company have voted to go on a strike, as per a piece of news on Saturday from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The breweries are the producers of some of the best beer brands in the country, which include Bud Light, Budweiser, Busch, and Michelob Ultra.
The union had said that it looked forward to an agreement that would improve the wages, secure wealth care, and protect the jobs and the retirement benefits for all the members. The current agreement would be expiring on 29th February.
“If Anheuser-Busch’s executives can’t get their act together to negotiate an agreement that respects workers, we will see them out on the streets,” the General President of Teamsters Sean O’Brien had said in a release.
Vote for the authorization of the Teamsters strike
Most of the Americans show immense support for the labor unions. Teamsters claimed that there are no set dates for the negotiations. Anheser-Busch did not respond immediately to the request on Sunday.
The vote for the authorization of the strike is a pretty common practice because of the contract negotiations, and might not end up with a strike. Previously this year, Teamsters at UPS and the Las Vegas unions that are representing hospitality workers also authorized strikes, which were averted through the newer agreements.
The Anheuser-Busch strike came right after the parent company of the beer maker AB InBev saw that the revenue and the share price had taken a hit from the conservative-led Bud Light Boycott. The backlash had stemmed from the brief partnership of the brand with the trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney to promote their March Madness giveaway across social media platforms.