Beer distributor workers strike: Delaware Valley Importing Distributors Association and Teamsters Local 830 reach new contract

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A strike by unionized workers at three beer distributors in the Delaware Valley has ended, just in time for the July 4 holiday weekend.

The two sides have reached an agreement on a new four-year labor contract, according to a joint statement released Saturday morning by the Delaware Valley Importing Distributors Association and Teamsters Local 830.

“This is a fair and comprehensive agreement that includes significant wage and benefit increases and increased flexibility. The agreement honors the hard work of drivers, warehouse/production workers and sales teams and highlights the distributors’ continued commitment to their employees,” the statement read. .

The strike affected Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Chester counties.

“This ensures the beer will flow during the 4th of July holiday, making it a happy time for the people of the Delaware Valley and the thousands of small businesses that depend on the beer industry for their livelihoods,” continues the joint press release.

Teamsters Local 830 represents thousands of drivers, warehouse/production workers and sales/marketing personnel in the regional beverage industry.

The strike began on Sunday. Experts previously told Action News that if it lasted longer than a week, it could have impacted the availability of major US national brands.

The three affected companies distribute popular beers, including Miller, Coors, Budweiser and White Claw products.

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Andrew B. Reiter