Striking Labatt workers call for boycott

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Striking employees from Labatt Breweries as seen on the picket line Monday.They have started a campaign advising people not to buy Labatt products.

ST. JOHN’S — Striking Labatt Brewery workers set up an information picket line near Memorial University’s campus Monday morning at the intersection of Westerland Road and Prince Philip Drive in St. John’s.

The members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) handed out information cards about their dispute with their employer. They have been on strike since April.

The information picket line was part of NAPE’s organized boycott of the brewery’s products.

NAPE president Carol Furlong said Friday that with billions of dollars in annual profit, Labatt Brewing Co. and its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev shouldn’t seek concessions from workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, who have been on strike for two and one-half months.

Wade Keller, a Labatt spokesman, said a boycott — happening as summer approaches, the most profitable time of year for beer producers — would hurt not just the company, but many others, including the workers.

The Telegram

Organizations: Labatt, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Geographic location: Westerland Road, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • bill
    July 22, 2013 - 09:00

    I would like to see all these uneducated ignorant people to drop down on the picket line and voice their stupid opinions face to face with the employees of Labatt. Jealousy will get you no where!! Just so everyone knows...these people writing these comments are scab workers lying down in the back of security vehicles as they cross the picket line to go do our jobs so they are not seen... Talk about taking control of your own life..

    • david
      August 08, 2013 - 17:11

      You'll beat us up, will you? Exhibit A : the 'higher purpose', and social good achieved by organized labour. Ignorant thugs.

  • Nl worker
    June 26, 2013 - 07:42

    What a bunch of babies, should be happy to have a job at home, today it's boycott the beer, once they get a raise you will not see them out with thank you signs saying buy labatts....... Just another example of how the unions in Newfoundland will push out employment

  • david
    June 24, 2013 - 07:52

    What a vindictive bunch of youngsters. If this is an illustration of the power, influence and ingenuity of "organized labour" in Newfoundland, it's a real wake-up call for its members to grow up, clue in, and be responsible for your own life.