GLCCD, the Grinch who Stole Business

| December 21, 2018

Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution’s selfishness has hit a new high.  Teamsters Local 727 has learned that the soda giant has chosen not to pursue a new business opportunity with Amazon that could have resulted in more work for Union members.

In mid-November, Local 727 was informed by GLCCD that the Company intended to unilaterally implement a new method of delivery.  This new method would see bargaining unit employees within the Cicero Avenue GLCCD facility fulfilling Amazon orders.  Then, Amazon employees would pick-up and deliver these orders.

As both production and delivery operations out of the Cicero Avenue facility are manned by Local 727 members, the Union immediately requested GLCCD fulfill its obligations under the collective bargaining agreement and meet to bargain over this change.  While it was the position of Local 727 that both production and delivery work is bargaining unit work, the Union sought to learn more about this opportunity and its impact on members.

After two weeks with no response from GLCCD, Local 727 followed up on its request for bargaining dates.  At this time, Local 727 was informed that GLCCD had decided not to pursue the new opportunity with Amazon.

“Rather than meet with the Union to bargain about the proposed changes, GLCCD has selfishly chosen to pass up on this opportunity and snatched potential work away from our hardworking members,” stated John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.

“If this is any indication of where negotiations are headed, GLCCD has a steep climb ahead of them,” added Coli.  “Local 727 will not back down until the Company has fulfilled each and every one of its obligations under the CBA and federal labor law.”

Local 727 is set to begin negotiations with GLCCD for a new collective bargaining agreement covering hundreds of Union members early next year.  The Union will keep members updated as negotiations approach.

Members with questions should contact 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 additional grievance. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.

Category: BEVERAGE, Coca-Cola

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