Local 727 Files Grievance Over GLCCD’s Attempted Unilateral Change of FMLA Policy

| November 21, 2018

Teamsters Local 727 recently filed yet another grievance against Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution, when it learned of the Company’s attempt to unilaterally change its FMLA policy.

Several members informed the Union that they had been called in individually to meet with management.  GLCCD then presented members with a new “intake form” and proceeded to detail new company-wide practices involving FMLA leave.  One of these new practices allegedly includes supervisors calling members on FMLA leave to apparently interrogate employees on the cause for their absence.

In response to this unilateral change, Local 727 immediately filed a grievance and demanded that GLCCD meet with the Union to bargain over these changes.  Despite their legal obligation to do so, GLCCD denied the grievance and has not bargained over this matter.

“GLCCD has a legal obligation to bargain with the Union over any new procedures or policies.  For them to refuse is unlawful,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “GLCCD continues to claim it wants a good working relationship with the Union, but actions such as these say otherwise.  And with negotiations quickly nearing, behavior like this does nothing to ensure bargaining starts off on the right foot.”

While Local 727 continues to demand GLCCD’s compliance with the collective bargaining agreement, members may file individual complaints for FMLA violations with the U.S. Department of Labor.  For more information, click here.

Local 727 will keep members informed of any updates related to this issue.

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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