Union protest

Posted 7/15/21

Union protest On Wednesday, Teamsters Local 251 members at Johnson Brothers of RI protested unfair working conditions and the use of scabs outside Colleen Haxton's Liquors on Post Road. Steven Silva, who has been a Johnson Brothers driver for three

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Union protest

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On Wednesday, Teamsters Local 251 members at Johnson Brothers of RI protested unfair working conditions and the use of scabs outside Colleen Haxton’s Liquors on Post Road. Steven Silva, who has been a Johnson Brothers driver for three years, says he his colleagues are the lowest paid liquor distributor drivers in the state, earning just $15 an hour while other drivers make $19 to $21 per hour. The union is asking stores, bars, and restaurants to refuse deliveries from Johnson Brothers of RI until the company agrees to better labor practices, paid overtime, improved scheduling, and lower cost healthcare premiums. From left, Silva, Charles Reid, Alex Pelaez, Steve Vinacco, and Nate Babalato. The men have more than 60 years of experience between them. 

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