13 March, 2019
Anchor officially brewing unions
Anchor Brewing came out victorious after Wednesday's election, becoming one of the first breweries to unionize in the United States. The brewery staff will form a unit from Section 6 of the International Union of Warehouses and Warehouses (ILWU), representing warehouse workers from the Bay Area area.
"We joined the union. We are unionized, "said VinePair Garrett Kelly, brewer and organizer of Anchor. "I am delighted that we are going to sit at the bargaining table and have a say in determining our future."
Although the news is repeated, Anchor is the first American brewery to The brand based Sanpp is owned by Sapporo, a Japanese brewery that bought Anchor in 2017. Sapporo is one of the largest brewing companies in the world.
Nevertheless, this is a historic moment for the beer industry. It all made sense Wednesday, when Anchor organizers counted 31 to 16 wins, Kelly said at VinePair.
As VinePair reported last month, Anchor employees sought union membership because of deteriorating working conditions and Sapporo's "social transformation." Employees were also concerned that the production of its iconic Anchor Steam Beer would be relocated from its home in San Francisco to another Sapporo facility.
Anchor, a pioneer of craft beer, has been based in San Francisco for nearly 150 years.
The brewery is "a forerunner and innovator in the craft beer industry for decades," Kelly said. "This election and this campaign are no exception. We hope to continue to set the standard and chart the course.
A second election for Anchor Public Taps, a pilot brewery and a production hall in front of the main brewery, is scheduled to take place on March 15th.