LATROBE, Pa. (KDKA) – Nearly 180 employees of City Brewing in Latrobe were not available for work Tuesday. Instead, they went on strike at 6 a.m., holding signs that read “fight for justice”.
“Of course, there is anxiety,” said Bobby Charetti, president of IUE-CWA Local 144. “We want to get back to work. I don’t think anyone wants to be out here. “
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But the employees felt they had no choice but to go on strike.
Bill Palmer, president of IUE-CWA Local 22, said: “Walking in here today is surreal. “No one is at work, and we are on the street. Since the early 1980s, this establishment has not stopped working. So it’s very serious.”
Palmer and Charetti represent the brewers and packers of beer. They say striking workers will stand out during the four-hour shift as they await a response from the national labor relations department.
“We currently have multiple unfair labor practices allegations against the company,” Palmer said. “The company did not respond to requests for information and unilaterally changed company policies in the factory.”
STRIKE: Employees at City Brewing Company in Latrobe are currently on strike.
Union presidents say it is because of unfair labor practices and charges have been filed.
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Unions also released a press release in early March, saying that employees were fighting for fair contracts as well as preventing management from mandating 12-hour shifts and taking overtime pay. Their contract renewal ended in early March.
“The stress of it all was the hardest part,” says Charetti. “Whenever you say, ‘I’m not going to work today. I will stand out on the street, “there is some anxiety there. But, we are very hopeful”.
“I think at the end of the day, we all want the same thing,” Palmer said. “Everybody wants to come to work and do their job and make products for our customers.”
For now, the presidents say production is halting, but four employees remain in the building for safety reasons.
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KDKA has reached out to City Brewery for a response and is awaiting a response.
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