The Michigan Daily - Friday, May 25, 1984 - Page 5
Strike may deplete beer supply
By GREGORY HUTTON
While a strike by beer delivery
drivers has not yet dried the city's kegs,
local bar and store owners say a
prolonged strike could make it difficult
to meet the traditional demand for beer
by the end of the sujmmer.
The three-week-old strike by Team-
sters Local 247 affects delivery drivers
and warehouse employees at four
major local distributors. The
distributors are still receiving beer
from breweries through Common
Carrier, a non-union service, and local
bars and stores have found alternate
ways to get their beer.
"SUPPLY HAS not been affected too
much as of yet," said Village Corner
manager Eric Paul. "But (the strike)
may make for slim pickings by the end
of the summer. Having to pick up the
beer ourselves is a real pain," he said.
Striking distributor workers have
allowed businessemen to cross picket
lines to get their beer, but some local
store and bar owners worry that
picketers will grow less tolerant as the
strike wears on.
The strike could last through the
summer, said Hugh, Ryan, a labor
negotiator for the distributors. "The
strike is primarily one of economics,"
he said. "The union (is) asking for
more in their contract. Yet I don't see
any breakthrough in the near future
The student meeting Gov. James
Blanchard in the picture in the May
18th Daily was Howard Marks. He was
because the union is unwilling to
negotiate. If the federal mediator can
get the union to the table, we would be
more than happy to negotiate," Ryan
Teamsters negotiator Jim Bordel
was reported unavailable for comment.
ONE EMPLOYEE at the Beer Vault
on Fifth Avenue said the union had
valid claims about sick leave and com-
pensation. She said picking up beer
with a friend's truck is getting expen-
sive and may lead to a hike in beer
The worst effect of the strike may be
on the smaller bars that cannot afford
to pick up their own beer supplies.
Some bars have changed their beer
selections as often as once a week to
reflect the brands that are still
At Ashley's, on State Street, the
owners have signed up with Roger's
Distributing, a non-union company.
Company owner Roger Holcum said he
has not experienced a significant in-
crease in business since the strike
against union distributors, but swit-
ching distributors has been an effective
measure for bars like Ashley's.
The Full Moon, on Main Street, has no
truck to pick up their own beer but is
still offering a limited supply of beer
because the owner of one of the strike-
plagued distributors is delivering their
Owners of several other bars and
stores said beer prices may rise as -it
becomes harder to buy and transport
beer from the distributors.
Students' trial set
A judge Wednesday ordered two
University engineering students to ap-
pear next week in Washtenaw County
Circuit Court on charges of breaking
and entering with intent to commit rob-
Sophomore James Bushong and
junior Bradley Irby allegedly attem-
pted to break into the Blixt & Associates
art gallery in Nickels Arcade earlier
this month. They will be tried May 29,
and each could face up to 10 years in
A 1983 Chevrolet Z-28 was stolen from
the University carport in the 1000 block
of Hill Wednesday night, and a Honda
motorcycle was taken yesterday from
the 700 block of Dewey, Ann Arbor
Police said. No suspects have been
A woman who lives in the 900 block of
Church told police she awoke yesterday
morning to find an intruder pulling the
sheets off her bed. The man fled after
she screamed, Ann Arbor Police Sgt.
Harold Tinsey said. - Marla Gold
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