Time to boycott Amoroso’s rolls. This is a common union-busting ploy and drivers are almost bankrupted by the costs:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The foundation of Philadelphia’s signature sandwich was harder to come by on Monday.
Drivers for a nearly century-old bakery that supplies sandwich rolls for many Philadelphia-area cheesesteak joints and delis went on strike Monday in a dispute over the company’s efforts to make them independent distributors.
Teamsters picketed outside Amoroso’s bakery in west Philadelphia, saying they would be forced to buy their routes and pay their own vehicle and health care costs if the company gets its way. The picket line came down around midday after federal marshals arrived at the bakery to serve a federal injunction enforcing a no-strike clause in the workers’ contract, said Christine Reimert, a company spokeswoman. Drivers were expected to be back at work Monday night, Reimert said.
Amoroso’s Baking Co. supplies rolls and bread to numerous delis, grocery store chains, convenience stores and restaurants, including Jim’s Steaks on tourist haven South Street.
The union voted 48-3 on Saturday to go on strike over the company’s efforts to turn its approximately 75 drivers from Amoroso employees into independent distributors who would own their routes, said Bob Ryder, secretary treasurer for Teamsters Local 467.