Another Union Victory, NLRB Grants Summary Judgement Against Keurig Dr Pepper

| February 6, 2020

In yet another win for Teamsters Local 727, the National Labor Relations Board has issued a Summary Judgement against the American Bottling Company, a Keurig Dr Pepper subsidiary.

The NLRB, which has certified the Union as the sole collective bargaining representative of Northlake-based Sales Service Representatives (SSRs) and Account Managers (AMs), has determined that Keurig Dr Pepper violated federal labor law and engaged in unfair labor practices when it refused to bargain with the Union over a first contract for salesmen.  As such, the NLRB has ordered Keurig Dr Pepper management to cease refusing to recognize and bargain with Local 727, as well as desist from interfering with its employees’ right to union representation.

In addition to ordering the Company to bargain with the Union over a first contract, the NLRB has also ordered Keurig Dr Pepper to post notices in its facility for sixty consecutive days that inform members that:

  • The NLRB has determined that Keurig Dr pepper has violated federal labor law;
  • Federal law gives employees the right to form, join, or assist a union, choose a bargaining representative, and act together with other employees for their own benefit and protection;
  • Keurig Dr Pepper will not refuse to recognize and bargain with Local 727;
  • Keurig Dr Pepper will not interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of their rights; and
  • Keurig Dr Pepper will, on request, bargain with the Union over terms and conditions of employment for all full-time and part-time Northlake SSRs and AMs.

“We hope that Keurig Dr Pepper has at last learned its lesson and will cease its futile efforts to ignore the Union and delay bargaining,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “The Union looks forward to representing Northlake salesmen at the bargaining table and securing a strong first contract for our new Brothers and Sisters.”

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

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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