Malagari stands with striking beer workers

Philadelphia beverage industry personnel demand fair working conditions

HARRISBURG, June 22 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, expressed support for the workers of the Delaware Valley Importing Distributors Association, who are demanding better hours, wages and benefits.

Malagari previously worked in the wholesale beverage industry and is a past member of Teamsters Local 830, which bolstered the picket line at Penn Beer to back those striking against three large beer distributers across the Delaware Valley.

“I am proud to support every working person who is fighting for better wages and working conditions,” Malagari said. “As a former wholesale beverage seller in this area who worked alongside these hardworking Pennsylvanians, this cause is personal to me; workers deserve livable wages and reasonable schedules.”

According to Malagari, Teamsters Local 830 is protesting the current work schedules, which require 12-hour days, five to six days a week. In addition to reasonable working hours, the union is negotiating an adequate wage increase that keeps up with inflation, as well as health benefits that cover worker’s families.

Malagari said that he will continue to support the union in its efforts, as these workers are the driving force behind the beverage companies’ operations and success.