Local 727 Files for Arbitration Over GLCCD’s Lies Regarding Holiday Pay Eligibility

| July 16, 2019

Last month, Teamsters Local 727 filed a grievance against Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution, Inc. after learning that management had lied to members by falsely claiming that employees who take a sick day the day before or following a holiday would not be eligible for holiday pay.  This assertion directly contradicts GLCCD’s signed collective bargaining agreement, which states that an employee who misses work due to an EXCUSED absence—including sick days—the day before or following a holiday is eligible to receive holiday pay.

Despite the Union having pointed out this contradiction to GLCCD during a recent grievance meeting, the Company has refused to acknowledge and correct its error.  As a result, Local 727 has filed the issue for arbitration.

“Spreading such blatant lies just prior to Independence Day, one of the busiest holidays for soda companies, seems like a ploy by GLCCD to scare employees into working even when they are ill.  We demand that GLCCD immediately retract its lies and notify all employees of the inaccuracy of its statements,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “Profit should never be placed above the health of our hardworking members.”

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, Coca-Cola

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