GREAT NECK, N.Y., May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Long Island’s small businesses are turning against Clare Rose, the sole distributor of Anheuser-Busch products and several craft beers like Blue Point and Greenport. Dozens of bars and stores are supporting the Teamsters strike, which began April 23, and have joined the boycott of the company by hanging boycott signs in their windows and refusing deliveries from Clare Rose’s replacement drivers.
“Our business is boycotting Clare Rose until the Teamster strike ends,” said Jon Cusano of Brownstone Brewing Company. “We need to support these middle-class families so they can have fair wages and decent pensions.”
The list of local businesses boycotting Clare Rose includes Handy Pantry in Manorville and Mastic Beach, Farrell’s Pub in West Islip, Tara Inn in Port Jefferson, JW’s Pub in Ronkonkoma, and North Shore Beverage in Miller Place. Clare Rose workers, who are members of Local 812, are on strike over wage and benefit cuts.
“Clare Rose wanted to play hardball with its employees and our Long Island neighbors aren’t standing for it,” said Louis Chiarelli, a warehouse worker with 26 years at Clare Rose. “This strike is doing lasting harm to the company’s market share in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It’s only going to get worse for Clare Rose as this strike drags on.”
The union has galvanized support in the community since the first day of the strike. The drivers have always been the face of Clare Rose to customers and they have visited their old accounts to educate bar and store owners about the reasons for the strike and to ask for their support. They also distributed signs reading “No Anheuser-Busch Sold Here Until Clare Rose Strike Ends.”
Workers at Clare Rose went on strike when the company unilaterally cut drivers’ wages by 30 percent and ended the workers’ pension. After workers began the strike, Clare Rose notified both the union and the workers individually that they would be permanently replaced. Clare Rose has since brought replacement workers from out-of-state.
Many businesses that aren’t boycotting Clare Rose still cannot sell Anheuser-Busch products, because Clare Rose is failing to make many deliveries.
“I am losing business,” said Sultan Qurashi of Sultan’s Lucky Corner in Massapequa. “Clare Rose never answers my calls anymore and when the driver finally shows up, it is not the product that I ordered. If I have no