Union strike in Oregon City halts distribution of local craft beers

Beer distributor employees on strike // Photo by Nina Mehlhaf, via KGW.com

Beer distributor employees on strike // Photo by Nina Mehlhaf, via KGW.com

General Distribution in Oregon City is facing a strike by unionized drivers, shelf stockers and sales people, and it’s affecting the flow of local craft beer to retailers.

According to a report by KGW Portland, workers say management has hinted at a pay cut that would amount to $19,000 less per employee, or $1.5 million total. In a company statement, management disputes that, saying it hasn’t even brought up wage figures, but only language proposals.

Caught in the middle are craft brewers whose beer is sitting on pallets in their breweries. By law, beer must be sold through a distributor to retailers. KGW estimates that the loss in brewery revenues are now in the millions.

More about the strike at kgw.com.


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