Union members rally in support of A-B Teamsters

Monday, August 18, 2008

ST. LOUIS — Hundreds of union workers held a rally in St. Louis to show support of Teamsters who work for Anheuser-Busch.

Organizers say the rally was a show of unity as Anheuser-Busch is in the process of being acquired by Belgium brewer InBev.

The group gathered on Saturday, as Teamsters officials prepare to start contract negotiations with Anheuser-Busch today.

The union is pushing InBev to demonstrate a firm commitment to union jobs.

Jack Cipriani, director of the Teamsters brewery and soft drink conference, told a crowd assembled at Kiener Plaza that so far InBev has said all the right things.

The Teamsters represented about 8,000 Anheuser-Busch employees in the U.S.

The five-year labor agreement between Anheuser-Busch and the Teamsters is set to expire on Feb. 28.

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