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G. Heileman plant workers reject a $1.2 million concessions package.

G. Heileman plant workers reject a $1.2 million consessions package

The future of G. Heileman Brewing Co.'s Frankenmuth, MI, plant remains in question as workers over the weekend rejected a $1.2-million concessions package the company had offered.

Heileman officials, who announced in February that they would shut the plant if they failed to find a buyer, said last month they were willing to discuss concessions to keep the facility operating.

Among other allowances, the LaCrosse, WI-based brewer had asked workers to accept an average pay cut of 30.5 percent.

"Everyone decided for themselves," said Lynn Smith, president of the local union, who said the group made no recommendation.

"We don't know if it was the right decision, but it is the decision the members made," he said. "What happens now, I suppose, is anybody's guess."

A year ago, the workers accepted a three-year contract that froze pay at a top level of $13.11 per hour. The lowest hourly rate is $12.76.

Members of Allied Industrial Workers Local 812, the employees voted 131-7 to reject the concessions.

The brewery employs about 250 workers during peak season and has the capacity to produce 1.4 million barrels of beer annually.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:May 21, 1990
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