US: MillerCoors agrees deal with workers to avert strike
MillerCoors has agreed a deal with employees in Milwaukee
MillerCoors has agreed a deal with union members in Milwaukee after workers threatened to strike over pay and benefits.
The company confirmed to just-drinks today (20 August) that employees represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union had accepted an agreement offered by the brewer. A new three-year contract for workers includes wage rises and improvements in life insurance and sickness benefits, the Business Journal reported, citing a union official.
Chicago-headquartered MillerCoors has a brewery that employs around 720 in Milwaukee and offices employing another 600 workers.
Eighty-three percent of the 416 UAW-represented workers voted for the agreement, it was reported. The UAW was threatening strike action if a deal could not be reached.
Jonathan Stern, MillerCoors' media relations director said: “We are happy UAW-represented employees ratified our agreement this past weekend, and we look forward to continuing to brew great beers together.”
Earlier this month the JV between SABMiller and Molson Coors reported a drop in first-half profits, off the back of flat sales.
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