"We are currently in discussions with the Teamster union leadership regarding a voluntary enhanced severance incentive at our U.S. breweries," Jim Brickey, vice president for people, said in a statement. "Our employees have expressed an interest in this, and we are exploring this option with the union."
He said that, from time-to-time, the operational needs of the brewery dictate a temporary reduction in manpower. He did not disclose how many packages are being offered or what the target number is.
If the Budweiser maker doesn't receive enough volunteers for the buyouts, the labor contract allows for temporary layoffs, usually on a weekly basis.