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Hundreds of beer delivery drivers at risk of losing jobs after being on strike for almost a month

Claire Rose workers rally in East Yaphank in face of eroding job security

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A large group of Claire Rose delivery truck drivers has been on strike with the support of the Teamsters local 812 since April 23, but soon their jobs might be going to new recruits.

Despite this, the beer delivery workers say they aren't planning on calling it quits anytime soon.

"Our perspective is it's illegal to permanently replace us. The strike is a legal strike, it's not an economic strike. It's based on unfair labor practices," union member Mark Pooler said.

The union says that Clare Rose is hiring permanent workers to replace them.

On Clare Rose's website, there are postings for hourly employees with the warning that "strike conditions may prevail" and the company has confirmed in a statement that some of those postings are, indeed, for permanent replacements.

"In the absence of the striking employees, we have begun the process of hiring new full-time company employees. We have conducted interviews and are training new employees. We will continue this process to ensure that we have a stable, full-time workforce," Clare Rose said in a statement.

The workers went on strike after their company proposed a new contract that would result in a 30 percent wage cut. Workers say the company also suggested switching from a pension to a 401K retirement plan.

"We're not tired. We're going to be here as long as it takes. We want a fair deal, we want to get back to work, but we're not going to go back under the conditions that were offered to us," Pooler said.

The workers have been striking from a company facility in Melville all the way to its headquarters in East Yaphank.

Earlier this month, hundreds rallied to support the workers at the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue.

Clare Rose distributes about 10 million cases of beer annually to bars, restaurants, and stores throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Since the strike, many of those businesses have had to order their beer from other distributors.

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