Post date: 02/21/2011 - 18:59
Moosehead Brewery New Brunswick Canada Locks out workersAbout 170 workers are picketing outside Moosehead Breweries saying the Saint John-based company locked them out over a contract dispute
About 170 workers are picketing outside Moosehead Breweries saying the Saint John-based company locked them out over a contract dispute
The workers, who are members of the New Brunswick Union, say they were given notice by the company that they would be locked out on Monday morning after contract negotiations broke down on Saturday night.
When workers showed up for the evening shift on Sunday night at 11 p.m., their entry cards were not working.
The contract ended on Dec. 31 and the two sides had been in negotiations since that time.
Workers say the main issue in the contract dispute is retirement benefits.
The union and management were not that far apart when talks broke down, according to the workers.
Moosehead workers are holding up vehicles heading into the facility.
The workers said they were not sure if the brewer was still producing beer but management was inside the building.
The union members say an unusual amount of beer was taken out of the facility last week.
Moosehead Breweries is Canada's third largest brewer.