Support Continues to Pour in for ULP Striking Local 727 Drivers

| June 8, 2018

Spirits and energy remain high as Teamsters Local 727 represented Drivers employed by the American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., gear up for a third week on the ULP strike line.  The more than 150 Drivers initiated the Unfair Labor Practice Strike on May 22, 2018 in protest of the numerous unfair labor practices committed by Dr Pepper management.

Since the ULP strike began, support for these Teamster Drivers has been overwhelming.  Union members have refused to cross the picket line, members of the community have boycotted Dr Pepper products, and Teamsters Local 705 has not only hosted a cookout for the striking Drivers but has also agreed to pay one week of strike benefits to each of their fellow Teamsters.

Local representatives have also begun to share their support of the Local 727 Drivers.  Just this week, the Union has received letters from Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and State Representative Kathleen Willis.  Both President Cullerton and Representative Willis strongly voiced their support of the Drivers in their fight for dignity and fair treatment.

“Our sincerest thanks to all those who have stood with us in this fight,” said John Coli Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “An especially big thanks to Senator Cullerton and Representative Willis for lending their voices to aid these hardworking drivers.”

Local 727 welcomes the support of all friends of working families.  The Union has even invited the Executive Leadership of Keurig Green Mountain Inc., which is set to merge with Dr Pepper later this year, to demonstrate its support for these dedicated employees.

“The support of the community, fellow union workers, and now their local representatives,” said Coli, “have bolstered the resolve of our members and amplified energy on the strike line to a new high.  Together we can ensure the injustice ends here.”

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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