October 16, 2008

Wisconsin Brewery Furloughs Workers

City Brewing Co. in LaCrosse, Wis., will shut down for at least two months, leaving 70 brewers and bottlers out of work, a state official said Thursday.

"They are shutting down the rest of the year and likely would restart in early 2009," Kevin Ortiz, of the Wisconsin Department of Community and Economic Development said.

A union official said the brewer had no contracts and that workers would be sent home in early November, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Thursday.

The company was negotiating with other manufacturers to secure a new contract, but the union wasn't given details of those talks, Gerard Millward, business agent for Local 22B, which represents the workers, told the Tribune-Review.