A free beer allotment for Labatt brewery retirees — which was part of the workers’ pension benefit package for more than five decades — will soon go flat.
Labatt has announced the long-standing perk will be phased out by Jan.1, 2019 because it’s too expensive. But workers call the cut petty when compared to the company’s ballooning revenues.
Labatt said the allotment for existing retirees would be cut in half in 2018 and cut off completely in 2019.
“I just think it’s nickel-and-diming of our retirees that put in a lot of work for many, many years,” said local union president Jim Stirr. “In the cost of doing business, it’s such a small, small thing.”