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Post date: 07/19/2012 - 17:20

Judge rules in favor of picketing Teamsters in Riverside California USA

A Riverside County Superior Court commissioner has denied Anheuser-Busch’s request for an injunction that would have limited the time that striking Teamsters workers could block vehicles leaving and entering the company’s Riverside distribution center.

A Riverside County Superior Court commissioner has denied Anheuser-Busch’s request for an injunction that would have limited the time that striking Teamsters workers could block vehicles leaving and entering the company’s Riverside distribution center.

In a decision released late Wednesday afternoon, July 18, Court Commissioner Paulette Durand Barkley ruled that Anheuser-Busch did not prove that an injunction was warranted. Striking members of Teamsters Local 166 have been picketing at the Hunter Park facility for three weeks.

Riverside police had instituted a two-minute limit for pickets who are slowing up delivery trucks and other vehicles. George Pappy, the attorney for the Bloomington-based Teamsters local, said Commissioner Barkley apparently did not believe the Police Department’s decision to ask both sides to abide by the two-minute rule was causing a problem, either for the company or other motorists on the street.

Pappy cited labor codes that said an employer could get an injunction only if it was evident that the police could not or would not maintain order.

“Basically she said the police were doing an adequate job in maintaining the peace and protecting the employer’s property,” Pappy said in an interview.

The strike by 130 Inland-area workers is now in its fourth week.

Anheuser-Busch attorneys had argued that two minutes was too long to force drivers to wait while pickets made their points. The company had gotten a temporary restraining order in an attempt to speed up the picketing, and the hearing over the issue took more than two days of court time last week.

Officials from Anheuser-Busch did not return an email seeking comment. The judge’s decision was received after the end of the normal business day at the company’s home base in St. Louis.