By Associated Press • 

Strike at Oregon distributor slows beer, wine deliveries

 

PORTLAND — A strike at a Portland-area beer and wine distributor has slowed deliveries just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Oregonian reports that about 80 workers represented by Teamsters Local 162 went on strike last week at General Distributors Inc. in Oregon City.

Teamsters officials say the walkout began Tuesday. They say the company is demanding annual cuts that would average $19,000 per employee and threatening to fire and permanently replace striking employees.

A General Distributors official says the walkout came as a surprise and says both the figure and claims of firing striking workers are false.

The two sides last sat down on Oct. 30, two days before their three-year contract expired. The next meeting is scheduled Dec. 2.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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