Negotiations will resume tomorrow in an effort to end a strike by beer truck drivers and warehouse workers who walked off their jobs Sunday night at a southwest Baltimore distributor, an attorney for the company says.
Norman R. Buchsbaum, a labor attorney for Bond Distributing Co. says the company and representatives of Brewery Workers Local 1010, a Teamsters affiliate, have agreed to meet at Cross Keys Inn tomorrow . Bond distributes beer to customers in Baltimore and Baltimore County.
Buchsbaum says he will be meeting with the union and representatives of Bond and Winner Distributing Co., another major beer distributor in town.
The union represents about 100 truck drivers and warehouse workers who began picketing the company Sunday night.
Buchsbaum represents both Winner and Bond in the negotiations with Local 1010 and they have been negotiating jointly. The union represents about 150 workers at Winner.
"I'm not terribly optimistic," Buchsbaum said, noting the unsuccessful efforts to reach a settlement since the old contract for both distributors expired at midnight on June 30.
Marvin P. Sklar, the attorney for Local 1010, said the major issue now on the table is the right of workers at Bond to strike.
"The right of workers to strike has become the overriding issue," Sklar said, adding that he believes the company is trying to break the union.
Although Bond has said it may never give striking workers back their jobs, Buchsbaum said yesterday there may be a possibility workers could return.
Yesterday, police on the scene said strikers marched peacefully without incident. Customers were still picking up orders and some trucks were making deliveries.
Buchsbaum said the dispute with workers is over work rules such as route changes.
Buchsbaum said truck drivers at Bond earn about $50,000 a
year, including the commissions they receive acting as sales representative for the company. He also said they get up to eight weeks of vacation.