Local 727 Hosts Strike Anniversary Member Parties at Alsip, Niles Great Lakes Coca-Cola

| December 11, 2017

Great Lakes Coca-Cola (Alsip) member, Marty Bass

On Tuesday, December 5, Teamsters Local 727 hosted member parties at Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution facilities in Alsip and Niles to mark the two-year strike anniversary.

The arduous 28-day unfair labor practice strike in 2015 resulted in the ratification of a three-year contract covering more than 300 Coca-Cola Refreshments (now GLCCD) workers. The collective bargaining agreement between Local 727 and Coca-Cola Refreshments, ratified January 10, 2016, includes annual wage increases, retroactivity and improved health and welfare benefits.

“The 2015 strike was a test of resolve for our beverage industry members,” said John Coli Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727. “As proud Teamsters, they showed what can be accomplished when you stand up and fight for what you believe in. These strike anniversary parties are in recognition of all their hard work and dedication.”

Marty Bass, a Great Lakes Coca-Cola (Alsip) member, said the party is a “good thing because it reminds everybody, workers and management alike, that the Union stands strongly behind us.”

Local 727 represents 10,000 hardworking men and women throughout the Chicago area, including hundreds of Great Lakes Coca-Cola workers in Niles and Alsip, Ill.

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Business Representative Caleen Carter-Patton at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected].


Category: BEVERAGE, Coca-Cola

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