June 17, 2017
By Silver Krieger
New York, NY – Another business, this time a large chain, has joined the Long Island boycott of Anheuser-Busch distributor Clare Rose, in support of workers who have been striking since April 23rd.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza’s eight Long Island locations (it has 68 across the country) will join the boycott, said Anthony Bruno, the owner. “Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza’s Long Island locations are boycotting Clare Rose and Anheuser-Busch products because of how the company has treated its workers,” he said. “It’s not acceptable to cut wages and pensions, then fire your workers when they stand up for themselves. I know that my restaurants are only successful because of the support we get from our community. When our community needs our support, we are there for them too.”
Anthony’s joins dozens of Long Island businesses, as well as Belmont Park, which announced its support just days before the Belmont Stakes. The Clare Rose workers, members of Teamsters Local 812, attempted to reach an agreement with Clare Rose for months without success, prompting Clare Rose to impose huge wage and benefits cuts. After workers had been on strike for a day, the company fired them and hired out-of-state workers, directing the Teamsters members to the National Right to Work Defense Fund for help in quitting the union.
“Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is an institution, and we are glad to have them on our side,” said Ed Weber, President of Teamsters Local 812. “The longer this strike goes on, the more lasting the damage will be to Clare Rose and Anheuser-Busch. The workers will stay out as long as it takes to save their jobs. It’s time for CEO Sean Rose to end the wage and benefit cuts and come back to the table.”
Beside the boycotts, Clare Rose is facing other troubles stemming from their actions. The Brookhaven IDA has opened an audit of Clare Rose. The company had received over a million dollars in tax breaks from the IDA, with the stipulation that its employment levels be maintained. The firings likely put the company in violation, which means future subsidies can be revoked, and past subsidies may even have to be repaid.
“A lot of us take our families to Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza for special occasions and it feels so good to have Anthony’s support,” said Mark Pooler, who has been a driver at Clare Rose for 26 years. “I know I speak for all the members when I say our resolve has not diminished one bit. We intend to win this strike and protect the wages and pensions that our families count on.”
Teamsters Local 812 represents more than 3,500 Teamster families working in the beverage industry. Its members produce, haul, deliver, merchandise, and sell soda, water, beer, and sports drinks throughout the New York metropolitan area.