June 16, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
Washington, DC – [David Laughton]: "Sitting at the table negotiating, they're tellin' us, you know, what a great plant it is and how the workers are good and everything is fine. And then, bang, they say oh, by the way, there's gonna be an acquisition, they're gonna merge in with Molson's and we're gonna shut down this brewery."
David Laughton, Director of the Teamsters' Brewery and Soft Drink Conference describing the shock of being told that the Eden Brewery in North Carolina is being shut down – 500 good jobs gone by September.
The Teamsters say if this closure is permitted it will not just hurt the community by destroying 500 jobs, but also negatively impact competition in the industry.
[David Laughton]: "If this goes through they're gonna reduce their volume across the country by 12 percent – and 4 percent for the amount of beer the whole country will see. So it does have an impact and could potentially impact pricing."
Miller-Coors says the brewery won't be sold and kept open preserving the jobs because it doesn't want the brewery in a competitor's hands.
The Teamsters are urging Attorney General Roberta Lynch to reject any remedy for the merger of Anheuser Busch-InBev/with SABMiller that does not address the Eden brewery closing. To hear the audio click the following link