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Congressman Tim Ryan urges Lipton strike negotiations

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Congressman Tim Ryan has sent a letter requesting a resolution to the labor dispute between Teamsters Local 377 and RL Lipton Distributing Company.

The letter calls on Teamsters and the R.L. Lipton Company to resume negotiations in a quick and fair manner.

Congressman Ryan stated in the letter that peace and cooperation are necessary to have a successful and upstanding labor practice between companies. He said:

"...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."

Congressman Ryan states that he is hopeful the negotiating teams will come to a fair agreement and end quickly.

Teamsters have been picketing the beverage distributor's Victoria Road plant in Austintown since June 25.

The 26 union members are striking over the lack of progress in negotiations on a new contract. They had been working without a contract since their previous agreement expired on May 31.

Lipton is the distributor of Budweiser, Anheiser-Busch, Yuengling and other beverages in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Ashtabula Counties. 

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