Teamsters strike, cause beer crisis in Philadelphia area ahead of July 4th
Friends, Philadelphians, lend me your beers. Teamsters Local 830 began their strike this Sunday at the Muller, Origlio, and Penn distributors, owned by the Delaware Valley Importers Distribution Association. Per 6abc, they carry most major brands such as Miller, Coors, Bud, and others. Not only is this horrible news for beer drinkers in the Delaware Valley, but all Americans. The strike started just a few weeks from the Fourth of July.
6abc reported there could be a beer shortage for the holiday if the strike continues:
This situation does not look good.
No beer on the Fourth of July? Is there anything more un-American? If I want to drink a Miller Lite to celebrate the founding fathers declaring our nation free and sovereign, that’s my right. It’s in the Constitution; I’m about 30% sure of that. Sadly, some people had other plans.
Now, I want to be very clear about this, it is not the drivers’ fault.
Yeah, I get it’s tempting to be mad at the guys that make the deliveries in the first place, but that anger is misdirected. The more you read through 6abc’s thread, the more you see just why they had to strike.
Look, I’m all for letting people work as many hours as they want. Chase that paper. But forcing these guys to pull 12-hour shifts five to six days a week is ridiculous. If they sign up for overtime and want to work those hours, by all means, let them. This isn’t that at all, however.
The Teamsters timed this perfectly as well. As they stated, this two-week window before July 4th is a very lucrative time for the beverage industry. So they began their strike when their leverage was at its peak. Labor Movement 101, now THAT is what America should be about.
It’s crazy that this country told King George to take a hike over tea taxes, but when workers complain about getting paid like shit and work even shittier hours, they’re called lazy and ungrateful. Zero self-awareness from those calling them or any other union men and women “un-American.”
Obviously, no such unionization efforts will occur here at The Liberty Line, as Vic and Drew run the site with an iron fist. Their leadership style is more akin to the early consuls of Ancient Rome than anything the modern age has to offer, but that’s not important. We knew what we signed up for.
Back to the beer.
I hope this strike gets resolved so the city can drink its collective face off to celebrate an important day in our history. If not, it doesn’t look like it’ll be 5 o’clock anywhere in the Delaware valley anytime soon.
Until then, solidarity.