Union Obtains Victory at Temporary Restraining Order Hearing, TRO Severely Limited

| May 29, 2018

Teamsters Local 727 and the over 150 union delivery Drivers currently participating in an Unfair Labor Practice Strike against The American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., were successful in their efforts to combat the TRO filed by the Company last Friday.

This morning a hearing was held on the request for a Temporary Restraining Order.  The American Bottling Company’s attorney stated the purpose of the TRO request was to limit the number of picketers present in front of the Dr. Pepper facilities in Northlake and Harvey, IL to two individuals.  Such a limitation would infringe upon the First Amendment rights of the approximately 148 striking members barred from picketing.  Despite the Company’s efforts to limit Union member’s fundamental constitutional rights, the request to restrict the number of picketers allowed at each location was DENIED.  Rather, the presiding judge approved a severely limited TRO that essentially requires Local 727 and the striking drivers obey the law.

“Teamsters Local 727 and our members on the picket line have always obeyed the law and will continue to do so,” said John Coli Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727, while adding, “We will also continue to lawfully inform the public of Dr. Pepper’s incredibly high number of Unfair Labor Practices.”

The 727-represented drivers will be on the ULP strike line again tomorrow picketing and hand-billing.

“Thank you to our fellow Union brothers and sisters, as well as the members of the community, who have continued to stand by our sides in this fight,” said Coli, “With your support, we will succeed in our fight for fairness and respect.”

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

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