Labor Board Shoots Down Keurig Dr Pepper Objections and Request for Board Review, Confirms SSRs Part of New Bargaining Unit

| October 15, 2019

The Union is pleased to report that the American Bottling Company’s request for a review of Region 13’s election hearing decision and certification of Teamsters Local 727 as the collective bargaining representative of Sales Service Representatives (SSRs) and Account Managers (AMs) was DENIED by the National Labor Relations Board this morning.

As such, the Labor Board upheld the Region’s original certification of Local 727 as the sole collective bargaining representative of all Northlake-based SSRs and Account Managers and the prior election results.

Local 727 immediately contacted Region 13 of the NLRB after receiving notice of the Board’s decision to request the Region expedite all of the unfair labor charges filed by the Union against the American Bottling Company, a Keurig Dr Pepper subsidiary, that it recently found merit with, including charges over the Company’s failure to bargain over the elimination of SSRs.  Local 727 has demanded that the Company be required to restore the status quo and return all SSRs and AMs to the positions, schedules, and pay rates that they held prior to the Company’s elimination of the SSR position.  The Union has also demanded that the Company be required to make whole all employees for any financial loss they suffered as a result of the elimination.

“This was the victory we have been waiting for.  While it is unfortunate that Keurig Dr Pepper refused to honor its employees’ democratic choice for union representation, they will now face the consequences of that decision and have to answer to the Labor Board.  We are very pleased with the Labor Board’s decision.  Congratulations to our newest Teamster Brothers and Sisters, who stood united during this fight,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “The Union looks forward to securing a strong first collective bargaining agreement for SSRs and account managers.”

Anyone with questions should contact Local 727 Lead Business Representative Caleen Carter-Patton at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected] or Local 727 Organizer Don Leiva at (773) 331-1432 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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