G. Heileman brewery workers to vote on contract proposal Tomorrow's vote could end 3-week strike.


Striking workers at the G. Heileman Brewing Co. are scheduled to vote tomorrow on a contract proposal that could end a three-week walkout at the plant on Hollins Ferry Road.

James Glass, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 1010, which represents the 300 striking workers, said the company has met the workers' wage demands and has withdrawn conditions the workers found unacceptable.

The workers, who were being paid about $13.30 an hour, went on strike July 1 after rejecting the company's contract proposal. It provided for an increase of 50 cents an hour over three years. The workers, arguing that they were being paid less than those at G. Heileman plants elsewhere, wanted a wage increase of 70 cents an hour.

In the course of negotiations, the company agreed to the wage demand but proposed three stipulations that the union refused. Glasssaid the company wanted retirees to pay 50 percent of their spouses' health insurance costs, wanted the union to agree to discuss health insurance benefits at the next contract negotiations in 1994, and wanted the right to fire or suspend workers believed to be slowing down the assembly line.

Yesterday, the company agreed to withdraw the three stipulations, he said.

Glass said the membership will vote on the contract tomorrow morning. If the workers accept the agreement, they will return to work on Monday, Glass said.

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