Progress Slows with Dr Pepper Negotiations Today

| March 20, 2019

After four bargaining sessions and nearly two weeks, the American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Keurig Dr Pepper, at last responded today to Teamsters Local 727’s information request from the very first day of negotiations.

Upon review, a significant amount of requested information was missing.  Additionally, review of the information revealed that current productivity standards for the sales warehouse are not based on any relevant data or measurements.  This confirms the Union’s suspicions that the use of these efficiency standards is wholly unfair.

Local 727 intends to open the parties’ next bargaining session with proposed amendments to the sales warehouse standards.

As it has done since Day 1 of negotiations, the Local 727 bargaining committee again demanded today that Dr Pepper commit to a 3-year CBA term and the inclusion of contract language that will give employees the ability to honor picket/strike lines.

“Management’s apprehension and reluctance to agree to these terms suggests Dr Pepper is scared of what our Union is capable of when we stand united,” stated John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “They know that our Union solidarity can’t be beat.”

The parties will resume negotiations tomorrow, Thursday, March 21st.

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

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