Local 727 Opens Negotiations with Dr Pepper for New Inside Contract

| March 7, 2019

The Teamsters Local 727 bargaining committee and representatives of the American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Keurig Dr Pepper, initiated negotiations for a new Inside collective bargaining agreement earlier today.  The current CBA, which covers all production, maintenance, sanitation, warehouse, and vending service employees within Dr Pepper’s Northlake and Harvey facilities, is set to expire on April 30, 2019.

The Local 727 bargaining committee opened negotiations by presenting Dr Pepper with a complete and comprehensive contract proposal.  Some of the Union’s top proposals include five paid sick days for all employees, significant wage raises, changes to scheduling and overtime procedures, improvements to workers’ pension and 401k plans, and the ability to honor picket lines.  Additionally, Local 727 presented the Company with a comprehensive information request.

Dr Pepper also had an opportunity to present the Union bargaining committee with its own set of contract proposals during today’s bargaining session.  The Company has ridiculously proposed the elimination of two-day weekends and drastic changes to the attendance policy.

“Today was a productive start to negotiations,” stated John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “While we may have a lot of hard work ahead of us, the Local 727 bargaining committee is confident that we can secure a strong contract for our Dr Pepper brothers and sisters.”

All proposals will be discussed and reviewed when the parties reconvene negotiations tomorrow morning.  Local 727 will update members as negotiations proceed.

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.


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