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Monday afternoon the unionized members walk off the job. They were in the middle of bargaining if you want to call it that. There was no offer from the company just an overwhelming amount of take aways from a company that has record profits. The company is calling this a "wildcat" but the company orchestrated this. They brought in scab replacement workers and ask the members to train them. The members said that if they removed the scabs that they would return. The company said it had every right to bring in NON-UNION workers.The members had no choice.

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We are all getting tired of this. The big four breweries are making more profit than ever before. They are all run by investment bankers that have no idea how to increase market share. They only know how to cut costs and acquire breweries. Soon there won't be anything left to cut or buy. The employees that they are treating poorly won't be able to afford their product. I hope the pendulum starts to swing back or there will be no middle class left.

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Hello all this is a request for you to send me a description of your shop management program. It might be called "world class) or VPO (voyager Plant optimization) or another name. Most of these are union busting at it's finest . Please send this to fred@beerworkers.org. I will compile and print them. You need to know how everyone else is doing.

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Get Out and Support This if You Can. Click the link for Details
http://www.unitetheunion.org/oct20

In the second quarter of 2012, the beverage transnational giant SABMiller boosted its global profits by 8 percent, to a great extent as a result of its sales in Latin America, a region where it cracks down on any attempt at independent unionization among its workers.

Latin America was one of the regions that saw the greatest sales growth in the April-June quarter, according to figures released by the company in late July.

Compared to the same period of 2011, beer sales in the countries of the region were up 6 percent, while they fell in the United States and grew only slightly in Europe.

Africa is the other largest growing market for this brewery, which originated in South Africa, is currently based in London and ranks second in the world.

More than 70 percent of the company’s earnings came from sales in so-called “emerging countries,” including Colombia and Peru in Latin America and Tanzania and Zambia in Africa.

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Striking workers at Anheuser-Busch’s distribution center in Riverside voted to accept the brewing company’s final offer and have returned to their jobs, according to statements released by both sides in the dispute.
The leadership of Teamsters Local 166 received what Anheuser-Busch’s negotiators called their final offer Friday, Aug. 10, and took that deal to its members, said Mike Bergen, CEO of the Bloomington-based local.
That offer was ratified Saturday by a margin of about 2-to-1, Bergen said.
The workers returned to their jobs Sunday, ending the strike that lasted seven weeks.

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Voices and faces of SITRAFCOREBGASCELIS ;Retained, suspended and fired workers won’t back down

On May 4, dozens of workers members of the Industrial Union of Soft Drink, Beverage, Soda, Beer, Liquor and Similar Beverage Production and Distribution Workers (SITRAFCOREBGASCELIS) were summoned by managers of Cervecería Nacional (SABMiller) and pressured to sign a veiled dismissal in the form of a “mutual agreement.” Faced with the workers’ negative reaction, the British-South African multinational corporation unleashed its repression, but failed to silence their voices.

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The Kirovsky District Court in St. Petersburg upheld on Friday the local State Labor Inspectorate's order to reverse the disciplinary punishment imposed on Heineken subsidiary workers for going on strike.

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Gone are the days when collective bargaining was considered a positive
social force and strikes something that could float every worker's
boat. John Allemang sees a pivotal moment rapidly approaching for
organized labour in this country

So it has come to this: Even union leaders are losing faith in the
power of their unions.

"There used to be a time when we had great respect from the public,"
says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. "But
we've lost that. There's this notion that unions are just out for
themselves and not for society. You get that label hung on you, and
you have to work to get rid of it."

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Mexico's pro-industry unions undermining workers' rightsU.S. organized labor offers support to stop 'race to the bottom'

MEXICO CITY – During a 5.6-magnitude earthquake, Eduardo Vargas rose from his cubicle at the Atento call center in Mexico City and tried to evacuate the swaying building.

He didn’t get far. Vargas said supervisors blocked the exits and ordered panicked Atento employees to keep working.

Although no one at the call center was hurt, the shoddy treatment prompted Vargas and a few dozen co-workers to join the Mexican Telephone Workers Union to press Atento to raise their dollar-per-hour wages and improve working conditions. But to their surprise, they learned that they already belonged to a union.

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