Desperate to Prevent Employees from Exercising Free Speech, American Bottling Company Resorts to Inexcusable Harassment

| June 13, 2018

Teamsters Local 727 Considers Additional Legal Action

The American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. which is set to merge with Keurig Green Mountain Inc. in July, has crossed a line no one should ever cross.

Yesterday, a Dr Pepper manager singled out the Union’s female Business Agent Caleen Carter-Patton and threatened sexual assault against her, her mother, and her sister.  Hipolito Rivera, a 23-year Dr Pepper employee and Regional Market Manager, said to Carter-Patton: “I’m going to f*** you, f*** your mother, and f*** your sister.”  The Union has not been made aware of any changes by Dr Pepper to remedy the situation.

In light of the recent #MeToo movement, it is shocking that Rivera, a long-term employee in a leadership position for this Fortune 500 company, would make comments that threaten rape.  For any man to target any woman in this way is inexcusable.

“Dr Pepper should be ashamed of themselves,” said John Coli Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727.

“These actions are characteristic of the unlawful and amoral behavior we’ve seen from Dr Pepper management over the past several months,” added Coli.  “The Union is considering further legal action.”

The harassment continued into the middle of the night as Dr Pepper representative Samantha Hughes made nearly 40 calls in a span of just three hours to a Union representative she was fully aware was not on the strike line at that time.

“This behavior,” said Coli, “is the purest form of harassment and will not be tolerated.”

To date, Dr Pepper has lied to, sought to intimidate, and threatened their employees for exercising their constitutionally protected First Amendment rights by participating in an Unfair Labor Practice Strike.  Rather than cease this unlawful behavior and negotiate in good faith a fair and reasonable new collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 727, management has resorted to this new low.

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or additional grievance. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.

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