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Archive for November, 2015
More than 225 Coca-Cola Refreshments workers represented by Teamsters Local 727 voted Sunday, November 29 to authorize an unfair labor practice strike against the beverage industry behemoth.
Teamsters Local 727 on Tuesday filed numerous unfair labor practice charges against Coca-Cola Refreshments, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), that include bargaining in bad faith, intimidation of workers with baseball bats and unilaterally changing contract terms and working conditions.
With only one more day of contract negotiations on the calendar, management for Coca-Cola returned to the bargaining table with Local 727 on Monday admitting they “didn’t know where to begin.”
Despite agreeing to a 10 a.m. start time on Friday, Nov. 20, Coca-Cola representatives finally sat down at the bargaining table after 2 p.m. for what was originally the final day of new contract negotiations.
Teamsters Local 727 reached tentative agreement on a new four-year contract for 600 members at Reyes/Great Lakes Coca-Cola. Final negotiations stretched late into the night on Nov. 19 as the Bargaining Committee hammered out final details for strong wage increases, important benefits and fortified rights for drivers, bulk, merchandisers, laborers and all other Reyes Teamsters.