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Unfair Labor Practice Strike Against Coca Cola

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More than 300 workers at two Coca Cola facilities in Niles and Alsip, Illinois, initiated an unfair labor practices strike against the company last week. Teamsters Joint Council 25 Spokesman Will Petty says the company was stalling and not bargaining in good faith after the labor contract expired.

“For weeks on end, Coca-Cola Refreshments has shown no effort to negotiate a fair and equitable agreement with workers and repeatedly delayed or ignored the union’s good faith bargaining,” said John Coli Jr., president of Local 727. “Due to Coca-Cola Refreshments’ harsh and unreasonable actions, our members overwhelmingly authorized the unfair labor practice strike and have taken to the picket line to demand respect from their employer.”

According to the workers, the unfair labor practices strike was authorized after representatives had met 12 times with management since October, and they had been threatened and intimidated by managers carrying baseball bats.







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