Amoroso’s Bakery Gives Striking Delivery Drivers A Buy-In Deadline

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Labor problems are threatening a Philadelphia institution.  Drivers for Amoroso’s Bakery have declined to accept changes in their employment agreement with the company, meaning that the rolls that hold many Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies together are not getting delivered.

US marshals ordered drivers, members of Teamsters Local 463, off the picket line shortly before noon today, after Amoroso Baking Company got a restraining order in federal court.

The drivers had been in front of the West Philadelphia bakery, near 55th and Baltimore Avenue, since midnight, when the entire driving staff was laid off in what the family-owned bakery describes as a “change in business model.”

Instead of employing the drivers and paying them wages and benefits, Amoroso’s wants the drivers to buy their routes and become independent contractors — a deal that the union’s business agent, Joe Ryder, says most of the drivers turned down.

“This is just a trickle-down effect of greed,” Ryder told KYW Newsradio.   “He wants to put a couple extra million in his pocket, so the money goes from the middle-class pocket into the rich pocket.  And it’s unacceptable.”

The company says most bread companies already operate this way and that it would make Amoroso’s more competitive.  It’s given the drivers until next Monday to buy a route before it begins selling them off to others.

Meanwhile, a lot of trucks were sitting idle at the bakery and the drivers predicted a lot of steak and hoagie shops were going to be running out of rolls.

Reported by Pat Loeb and Al Novack, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. Sammy S says:

    Can someone explain why Amarosa wanted to change the business model? What were his profits last year? Was it reasonable for him to do that? Also is $100,000 a reasonable price to buy a route? What is the potential profit on that for a driver? I haven’t heard anything about this until today. All I keep hearing is about the State workers in the news. I wish the drivers the best!!!

  2. Bill says:

    The risk is that Amoroso’s share of the market will suffer if this dispute is not resolved soon (customers will simply find another baker or, more accurately, other bakers will find Amoroso’s customers) and there will be fewer drivers delivering Amoroso’s rolls and fewer employees in Amoroso’s bakery. Then, the union will cry that life is unfair and wonder what happened to “their” jobs. Sadly, it happens often.

  3. Rob says:

    Conshy Bakery rolls are better.

  4. unknown says:

    There is no coporate greed going on here. Even the drivers will tell you they expect that Amoroso will shut down the W Philly plant in the near future and use only his Jersey plant or go out of business altogether. Len Amoroso came up with a plan to both keep himself in business and keep his drivers (self)employed. For his efforts he was repaid by the idiot union leader (Bob Ryder, who hasn’t had a fact straight in the news yet) ordered his guys to picket. Don’t believe everything you read in the news people.

  5. unionfamily says:

    Sooo many anti-union people here. Route delivery drivers work 6-7 days per week and around 12 hours per day. This job puts tremendous stress on the body. These drivers deserve all the pay and benefits they get. Walk a mile in another persons shoes before you judge. Unions are what make this country great. Corporate greed is forcing these guys out.

  6. John says:

    Most of the businesses that use the rolls are local, so is the bakery, I am sure they will send someone to pick up their orders.

  7. grumpy says:

    What’s next..8year olds working in the bakery?

  8. John Barone says:

    I Think The Drivers should BUNt They are Not ROLLing their Trucks . Drivers Dont let the Door hit you in Bun where the Dog should have bit you . It takes a Lot of DOUGH to Pay these Drivers .and Now they think they are on a ROLL with this strike . I DOUGH not think so .But Yeast shall see as The Bakers Dozen Bake in this Heat

  9. MK says:

    Good way to lose customers. They’re just helping the competition get their foot in the door with the customers who’ll be running out of Amoroso products.

  10. John Sebastion says:

    The union won’t be happy until they chase another business away

  11. Really says:

    I’ll say it again….. If you don’t like what your job has to offer, go and get another one.

    1. BIG DUMMY says:

      Yes, they need to get their BUNS back to work. If they want to make any DOUGH, they better get ROLLing!!!

  12. Frank says:

    Another reason (besides the great taste and quality) to support Amoroso.

  13. CRISIS129 says:

    THANKS UNION DIRT BAGS FOR REMINDING THE PEOPLE WHY WE DESPISE YOU , YOUR LACK OF WORK ETHIC, AND YOUR LACK OF LEADERSHIP AND THE FACT , BEHIND EVERY TAX HIKE HIKE ON THE TAX PAYERS, YOU WILL FIND A UNION AND A HACK DEM POLITICIAN READY TO STICK IT TO THE TAX PAYERS

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