Pepsi Says No to Union Health Care, Presents Insulting Initial Wage Offer

| April 5, 2024

Negotiations between Teamsters Local 727 and Pepsico opened this morning with the company stating that they were not agreeable to moving this group into the Union’s healthcare plan – despite knowing that moving into the Local 727 healthcare plan was an overwhelming demand from membership. When the Union Bargaining Committee asked why they were refusing to do this, lead negotiator Jay Conlin claimed that while he is not a “benefits expert,” the Pepsi healthcare plans currently provided to employees offer more comprehensive care than the Union’s. Although he stuck to this story, he was unable to substantiate that allegation with any actual facts. When Union representatives tried to draw comparisons or ask questions, management got visibly upset and refused to answer any more questions.

Adding insult to injury, Pepsi presented an insulting initial wage proposal which would still leave membership making less than their counterparts in the rest of the soda industry. Not to mention the immeasurable savings their brothers and sisters at Keurig Dr Pepper get from being in the Teamster Local 727 Union healthcare. Negotiations continue throughout today, and the parties are scheduled to meet tomorrow, April 5th.

Members with questions should reach out to Business Agents Mike DeGard (35th St) or Melissa Senatore
(Elk Grove) at (847) 696-7500

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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