Keurig Dr. Pepper’s Shameful Anti-Worker Behavior Continues

| September 1, 2020
Keurig Dr. Pepper (“KDP”) management has notified members and representatives of Teamsters Local 727 that the Company plans to end COVID-19 hazard pay effective September 12, 2020. Apparently, KDP seems to think that their employees are no longer at risk (i.e. the hazard is gone). As soon as the Union received notice, it sent the Company a cease and desist order and a demand to bargain over this attempted unilateral change.

Throughout the pandemic, KDP has asked employees to wear masks, take wellness screenings, and practice social distancing while at work. Even with these safety precautions in place, however, there have been numerous positive cases at KDP facilities. The pandemic is ongoing, and as long as the pandemic is ongoing, KDP should continue to recognize the increase risk its workers face.

Despite eliminating hazard pay, KDP has stated members must continue with pre-screenings, temperature checks, and use of PPE while on the job. KDP has also stated that it will continue to clean frequently. While the Union is pleased that KDP is taking these measures, it only further proves that the risks and hazard of COVID-19 has not gone away. As such, elimination of hazard pay is nonsensical.
 In a letter KDP sent to the Union regarding hazard pay the Company states, “[T]his was done to recognize the uncertainty in our work environments and to show appreciation to our employees as we adjusted to changes in the workplace created by this unprecedented new environment.” Apparently, KDP no longer appreciates their employees enough to continue Hazard Pay despite the continuation of the pandemic.  KDP employees have continued to put in long hours by working mandated overtime almost every weekend during the pandemic. Just as KDP expects a lot from their employees, their employees expect to be “appreciated” for their hard-work and dedication in return.

“During these unprecedented times our members continue to bravely work day-in and day-out. These dedicated employees now go to work with the added risk of contracting COVID-19 which has proven deadly in some cases. This risk shouldn’t be brushed aside and KDP should be ashamed at even proposing elimination of hazard pay,” said John Coli Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727. “As long as this risk of COVID-19 remain, our members should continue to receive hazard pay.”

Members with questions should contact Lead Business Agent Melissa Senatore (Outside employees), or Lead Business Agent Zach Frankenbach (Inside employees) at 847-696-7500.
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

Comments are closed.