St Louis Post Dispatch 10/26/05
Teamsters, Anheuser-Busch Agree There Will Be No Pickets
By Gregory Cancelada, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 600 has agreed
it won't picket Anheuser-Busch Cos. facilities or engage in any
illegal secondary boycotts against the country's largest brewer
after A-B filed unfair labor practice charges against the union two
The settlement was approved Tuesday after the National Labor
Relations Board found reasonable cause to believe Local 600 had
violated labor law when union members picketed near A-B's brewery
during the summer.
For the last five months, drivers represented by Teamsters Local 600
have been on strike against Lohr Distributing Co., A-B's exclusive
wholesaler for the city of St. Louis. The strike doesn't include St.
Louis County and other counties surrounding the city.
While the Teamsters can picket and take other actions against Lohr,
the union can't conduct similar actions against A-B because the
labor dispute doesn't involve the brewer.
A-B dropped its second charge filed against the Teamsters
international union for a related allegation, said the NLRB, which
enforces the federal labor law.
The NLRB continues to investigate A-B's charges that Local 600, the
Teamsters international union and the Change to Win coalition
violated the labor law in September when it required the Renaissance
Grand hotel in St. Louis to refrain form serving A-B products for a
period before and after a convention held by the coalition.