In Light of Dr Pepper’s Bad Faith Actions, Local 727 Encourages Members to Enroll in New HSA Plan to Avoid a Loss in Health Care while the Union Continues to Battle the Company

| July 15, 2019

During the recent negotiations for a new Inside collective bargaining agreement, the American Bottling Company, a Keurig Dr Pepper subsidiary, agreed that employees would have the option of keeping their current PPO health care plan through the end of 2019.  Despite this agreement, Dr Pepper has outrageously gone back on its word and has announced that it will soon completely eliminate its PPO health care plan.

As a result of this elimination, the sole health care plan that will be available to Inside workers will be the Company’s new high-deductible HSA plan.  According to Dr Pepper, if Inside employees do not enroll in this new plan immediately, they will be left without any health care coverage for the remainder of 2019.

Local 727 has filed a grievance and an unfair labor practice charge over Dr Pepper’s actions and will continue to fight the Company over this issue.  Considering the dire impact a loss of health care coverage could have on families, Local 727 encourages all Inside employees of the American Bottling Company to enroll in the Company’s new HSA health care plan by Friday, July 19 while the Union continues to fight against Dr Pepper.

“By breaking our agreement, Dr Pepper has taken away the ability for working families to prepare for a drastic change in their finances and lives.  This is not an inconsequential decision—this is a life or death situation,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “Local 727 will continue to fight tooth-and-nail against any company that goes back on its word and violates its CBA.”

Local 727 will update members as the Union’s fight continues.

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 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.

Category: BEVERAGE

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