Tuesday, February 23, 2021

NBU stands in solidarity with brewery employees

The New Brunswick Union (NBU) stands in solidarity with the members of the Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers Local 325.
The 300 employees were locked out of the Toronto brewery by the Molson Coors Beverage Company on Saturday. The two sides had been negotiating a new contract as the previous one expired on Dec. 31, 2020.
In an interview with the Toronto Star, Local 325 president Gaurav Sharma said he was disappointed and surprised by the company’s decision to lock out its packaging, warehouse and brewery workers.
“We were surprised. We were making progress on the issues,” Sharma said.
Among the issues is changes to the employee pension plan as well as a two-tiered wage system.
The NBU was in the same position as 10 years ago almost to the day – Feb. 19, 2011 – when Moosehead Breweries locked out its employees who are represented by the NBU.