The union representing Budweiser drivers filed a complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency on July 22nd, claiming Heidelberg Distributing has been dumping contaminated water on its Ohio property.
Several Budweiser drivers reportedly objected to the practice in a questionnaire concerning business practices at the company.
Heidelberg also distributes Samuel Adams and Monster Energy products in the Dayton area.
“We have an obligation to make sure our employers are responsible stewards of the environment and are not engaging in practices that violate environmental regulations,” said Varney Richmond, President of Teamsters Local 957.
“We believe that corporate citizens such as Anheuser-Busch also have a responsibility to the community to ensure that the companies they hire to distribute their products are not hurting the environment or violating the letter or spirit of state or federal environmental laws.”
The complaint comes just weeks after the Teamsters threatened to strike as a result of the distributor allegedly breaking contract negotiations and implementing broad changes, according to the Biz Journals of Dayton.
The union represents roughly 10 drivers and distribution center warehouse workers. Officials with the union say Heidelberg is pushing to make employees work up to seven days a week and is pushing to eliminate health care for its retirees.
The company also supposedly wants to take away workers’ rights to take leave for family emergencies.
Teamsters Local Union 957 officials say the company is more concerned with bullying workers and spending money on attorneys than negotiating with employees. They say the union has worked hard to implement a fair contract with the company in an effort to make it the “premier distributor of Budweiser beer in Ohio” the Biz Journal reports.
So far, the EPA hasn’t commented on whether there’s any basis for the filing, or if they plan to investigate the claims of dumping at the distribution center.Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com