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Post date: 10/08/2013 - 01:43

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This is the group of investment bankers that AB-InBev sold the american Labatt's business to in 2007

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
Pyramid workers accuse Berkeley brewery of union busting

BERKELEY, Calif. — Some workers at the Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley collected their final paychecks Friday, but they're not giving up the fight to keep their jobs after they claim they were laid off as an act of retaliation for trying to unionize.
Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley has only 15 employees. The workers tell KTVU it their second family away from home.
Now they're fighting to stay a family as they received what may be their last paychecks from the brewery

This is the group of investment bankers that AB-InBev sold the american Labatt's business to in 2007

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
Pyramid workers accuse Berkeley brewery of union busting

BERKELEY, Calif. — Some workers at the Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley collected their final paychecks Friday, but they're not giving up the fight to keep their jobs after they claim they were laid off as an act of retaliation for trying to unionize.
Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley has only 15 employees. The workers tell KTVU it their second family away from home.
Now they're fighting to stay a family as they received what may be their last paychecks from the brewery

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The workers suspect that the parent company -- New York-based North American Breweries -- is retaliating against them for unionizing in August.
They said weeks after they moved to unionize, company officials told them they were shutting down the plant because there was a contamination problem. Workers were told not to come back unless they were called.
"We were always a small group that did everything in the brewery, so it's heartbreaking to be just kind of pushed out of the facility," said Pyramid Brewery worker Amalia Davila.
The employees told KTVU their work is rewarding, but that morale had declined after a change in management.
"I never had a full 30-minute lunch break in a year and a half," said union shop steward Cat Wiest.
Employee Marco Flores has been with the brewery for 12 years. He said he has gone without a raise for about five years.
Workers said the contamination cleanup would take only a week.
KTVU contacted Pyramid's parent company North American Breweries. Officials declined to talk about the labor dispute.
The company said in a statement that the beer produced in Berkeley had a sour taste that wasn't normal.
"We have identified a quality issue with our Berkeley brewery and we have taken the brewery offline," according to the statement.
The company said it has shifted beer production to another facility.
The workers have been left wondering if they will make beer for Pyramid ever again.
"I want to make a really good beer in Berkeley for Berkeley," said Wiest. Employee Marco Flores agreed.
" I love this place," said Flores. "I really don't want them to close this place."
Workers said they don't want the severance package the company is offering, They told KTVU they want to return when the Berkeley plant comes back online, even if it takes months.
"We're a family. We're still a family," said worker Amalia Davila.
The workers said each month, the Berkeley plant produces more than 3 million bottles of beer and 20,000 kegs.
The employees hope their union will meet with company officials next week to work out a deal for them to keep their jobs