Workers at Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Company have voted to unionize. The workers will become part of Teamsters Local 117. The move will impact all hourly packaging employees, hourly brewing employees (except innovation brewers), hourly Quality Assurance (QA) employees, and hourly warehouse employees. This information was provided by an Elysian Brewing employee on the condition of anonymity.
We expect a formal announcement from the concerned parties soon and will provide any updates as necessary. That announcement is expected to confirm what our sources have told us.
“Pay was the biggest reason,” we were told. “Most people were very happy with our benefits package and many other aspects of the company. However, pay and career development came up often for a few years as being constant sources of frustration.”
The employees voted 62 percent in favor of unionizing. The move will impact 33 employees at the Seattle-based company.
Elysian Brewing was founded in Seattle in 1996. In 2015, the company was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, which still owns it today.
Teamsters Local 117 represents 17,000 men and women at 200 employers across Washington State.