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    You know it is getting real bad when...

    ...they cut off your free beer.

    Molson cutting off free beer supply for retirees

    Molson cutting off free beer supply for retirees

    Unions have filed grievances over loss of benefit

    TORONTO - Beer maker Molson is turning off the tap and cutting off the supply of free suds to its retirees, the Toronto Star reported on Tuesday.

    Molson, a division of Molson Coors, said it was looking to "standardize" its complimentary beer policy.

    There are 2,400 Molson retirees in Canada and their free beer costs the company about C$1 million ($900,000) a year, the Star said.

    Molson retirees in the province of Newfoundland will see their monthly allotment of beer fall from six dozen a month to zero over the next five years.

    Current workers will see their allotment drop from 72 dozen bottles a year to 52 dozen.

    "There was no consultation, we just received a letter that this is a done deal, which is totally unfair," Bill Bavis, who retired six years ago after 32 years at Molson's in St. John's, Newfoundland, told the Star. "I think with the economic downturn they're trying to take advantage of us, as a way to cut retirees' benefits and justify it."

    Unions have launched grievances in Montreal and Vancouver, where the allotment is less.

    A spokesman for Molson said the company feels it still has a very generous benefits package.
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    Unions have launched grievances ...
    Yet another sign of the lack of personal responsibility, honor and integrity. Filing legal grievances for loss of gifts? There was a time when people wouldn't dream of daring such a thing. They should be ashamed.

    Edit: At least according to the Molson Vancouver Local 300 agreement for 2006-2012, there does not appear to be any reference to complimentary beverages.
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    Yet another sign of the lack of personal responsibility, honor and integrity.
    Unless is was a negotiated benefit. Why else would the Union file a greivance?
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    Unless is was a negotiated benefit. Why else would the Union file a greivance?
    IANAL but I believe in the US, discretionary fringe benefits (free beer) may come to be considered as entitlements under local labor law if the recipients become accustomed to receiving the benefit (free beer) and can then be grieved if changed or reduced. This may be the case under Canadian law.

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    dear god...what's the world coming to. Fine...let 'em keep their beer and cut a millon dollars out of the pension and health benefits if it means that much to them.
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    That's a lot of beer.
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