Union Files Grievance as a Result of GLCCD Lies & Possible Wage Theft

| September 11, 2019

Union Strongly Urges Workers NOT to Sign Any Payroll Deduction Forms

Early yesterday morning, Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution, Inc. allegedly informed employees that the Company had experienced a cyberattack and as a result would be unable to accurately calculate the compensation owed to workers by payday this Friday, September 13.  The Company stated it would estimate what each employee is owed based upon past paychecks.

When asked by employees whether the Union had been made aware of this situation, GLCCD management claimed the Union knew and agreed to the Company’s remedy.  This is untrue.  GLCCD did not inform Teamsters Local 727 of the attack and the Company’s plan to approximate what members should be paid until late yesterday afternoon.

As soon as the Union learned of the issue, Local 727 made it clear to GLCCD management that failing to pay members entirely for the work that they performed is wage theft and would not be tolerated.  The Union filed a grievance over the Company’s blatant misrepresentations and communications to employees early this morning.

“Our members depend upon their paychecks to take care of their families.  Guessing at what they should be paid is completely unacceptable and this Union will not stand for it,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.

If management asks you to sign a payroll deduction form in an attempt to collect previously paid wages, Local 727 strongly urges all GLCCD members NOT to sign any forms and to immediately contact your Local 727 Lead Business Representative Caleen Carter-Patton.  As stipulated in Article 2 of the collective bargaining agreement, GLCCD cannot require employees to sign individual agreements or contracts that conflict with the terms of the CBA.

“We will fight until our members receive every penny that they are owed,” added Coli.  “Local 727 will not stand idly by while our members’ are unlawfully underpaid.”

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 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.

Category: BEVERAGE, Coca-Cola

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