GLCCD’s Behavior Forces Union to File Yet Another Unfair Labor Practice Charge

| July 19, 2018

Teamsters Local 727 has filed a new Unfair Labor Practice charge with Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board against Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution as a result of the Company’s direct dealing with members and attempted unilateral changes.

GLCCD management recently bypassed Local 727 as the representative for employees and presented a separation agreement to an employee. Attempted individual agreements and direct dealing is a violation of the CBA and Federal Labor Law. To the Union’s knowledge, GLCCD has never attempted or done this before.

Additionally, GLCCD recently informed the Union of a change to the Company uniform policy without first bargaining with the Union. Despite Local 727’s requests for bargaining dates, the Company has not responded. Similar to the Company’s direct dealing, GLCCD’s unilateral changes violate the CBA and Federal Labor Law.

GLCCD has also implemented new schedules in an attempt to avoid paying overtime to sanitation and mechanic employees. The Union has filed a grievance and ULP charge over this issue.

“GLCCD should know better,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727. “We are not going to sit idly by while the Company skirts the law.”

“GLCCD management may claim time and again that they want a better relationship with the Union, but their actions say otherwise,” added Coli.

This latest ULP charge will be added to the long list of charges filed by Teamsters Local 727 in response to GLCCD’s bad behavior toward Union members, including charges of retaliation against a Union steward and refusal to provide routine information to Local 727, as well as a large number of outstanding grievances and multiple pending arbitration cases.

“The Union will not allow such blatant violations of the Federal Labor Law to continue,” added Coli. “We will continue to fight to ensure our members’ rights are secure and respected.”

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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