Ryan urges end to RL Lipton strike

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Congressman Tim Ryan wants to see an end to a local labor dispute.

Ryan, D-Niles, sent a letter to the president of the R.L. Lipton Distributing Co. as well as the head of Teamsters Local 377.  He is calling for a quick settlement in the strike that started last Tuesday.

He also is offering his support to try to end the dispute.  The 23 drivers and warehouse workers are on strike over wages and health care benefits.

On Wednesday, striking workers at the Victoria Road headquarters scuffled with security during a confrontation with replacement drivers who were trying to leave the warehouse.

RL Lipton Distributing Co. is a wholesale beverage distributor. Common brands include Anheuser-Bush products, Hansen Monster energy drinks, Yuengling beer products and other custom beer and wine products.

“The history of American labor movement has been largely marked by long periods of relative peace and cooperation. Understandably, the labor disruption is very perplexing and troubling to the workers, their families and constituents in the district. The negotiating process was created to prevent costly and unnecessary disruptions in labor and management relations. It also serves to maintain the fundamental dignity of working people, and provide management with a skilled and stable workforce,” Ryan said in his letter.

“While negotiations are difficult, they can, and should whenever possible, be conducted within a normal working environment. When radical disruptions are engaged no one wins, and the consequences for the local community are felt by many who are not even involved in the process. I am hopeful that you and your negotiating team will return to the good faith bargaining process that can be used to reach a fair and equitable agreement for all sides. Concerted and continuing efforts to reach an agreement will benefit the workers, your company, and the community at large,” his letter continued.

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