Dr Pepper Northlake Salesmen Become Latest Group to Overwhelmingly Vote for Local 727 Representation

| July 15, 2019

Area Sales Managers and Sales Services Representatives employed by the American Bottling Company, a Keurig Dr Pepper subsidiary, voted overwhelmingly in favor of union representation on Friday, July 12.  The group of nearly 70 Northlake-based salesmen are the fourth unit this year to select Teamsters Local 727 as their sole collective bargaining representative.

Northlake Salesmen celebrate representation election victory.

“By voting to join Local 727, these brave men and women have taken the first step towards winning fair compensation, improved benefits, and greater respect from their employer,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “On behalf of all Local 727 members, congratulations and welcome to our newest Teamster Brothers and Sisters!”

Local 727 will begin the process of negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement covering Northlake salesmen following certification of the election results by the National Labor Relations Board.

“Local 727 now represents nearly 600 Dr Pepper employees across Illinois.  As our industry presence continues to grow, so too does our strength and our power to negotiate the rich contracts these hardworking men and women deserve,” added Coli.  “We look forward to jumping into the bargaining process and securing a strong first contract for our newest Dr Pepper members.”

Local 727 also currently represents more than 575 other Dr Pepper employees operating out of the Company’s Northlake and Harvey, Illinois facilities, as well as nearly 2,000 total beverage industry workers across Chicagoland.

Anyone with questions should contact Business Representative Caleen Carter-Patton at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected]TeamstersLocal727.org.

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or grievance(s), or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law.  The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.

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