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Stroh union rejects wage, benefit cuts.

Stroh union rejects wage, benefit cuts

Members of the largest union at the Stroh Brewery Co. brewery in St. Paul, MN, said they won't consider wage and benefit cuts unless the company provides assurances that the brewery would stay open, according to the union's director.

"We are willing to talk, but we need them to say they will make a commitment to (keeping the brewery open)," Bob DeRoy, director of the International Association of Machinists District Lodge 77, said after the union recently wage and benefit cut Stroh had sought as it considers whether to close the 125-year-old plant.

DeRoy said the company neither threatened to close the plant if the concessions were rejected nor agreed to keep it open if accepted.

The union, which represents about 200 of the brewery's roughly 300 workers, is working under a three-year contract through July 1991.

Stroh recently announced that it is closing a California plant because of overcapacity and declining sales.
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Title Annotation:Stroh Brewery Co.
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Mar 19, 1990
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