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As Clare Rose strike continues, NYC workers get a contract

While AB InBev drivers in Teamsters Local 812

While AB InBev drivers in Teamsters Local 812 have a new deal in the Bronx, Local 812 drivers and warehouse workers are still striking at the Clare Rose distribution facility in Melville. Credit: Steve Pfost

Delivery drivers who work at an Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned Bronx distribution facility approved a new contract with the beer giant, guaranteeing pension contributions and wage increases for the next five years, according to union leaders.

The New York City union drivers voted on the proposed contract Thursday, said Ed Weber, president of Teamsters Local 812, which represents the workers. The roughly 150 employees covered under the contract deliver AB InBev beer to Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

According to the union, AB InBev agreed to continue contributing to the Local 812 pension plan and give annual wage increases for five years.

The agreement comes during a strike on Long Island by more than 100 Teamsters Local 812 delivery drivers and warehouse workers against Clare Rose Inc., the East Yaphank company. It exclusively distributes Anheuser-Busch beer on Long Island. The strike began in April.

“They are going to contribute to the pension fund, contribute to the health fund and have wage increases every year,” said Weber, who also represents Long Island union beer drivers. “If Anheuser-Busch can do it in the Bronx, why can’t Clare Rose do it out here?”

Clare Rose, which began hiring full-time replacement workers earlier this month, declined to comment. It has previously said that its latest contract offer would give more than half the striking workers a raise, and would introduce a 401(k) plan to take the place of a defined benefit pension plan.

Clare Rose distributes beer to 5,000 businesses throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties annually.

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