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    Default Teamsters Local 727 Prepares to Fight Legal Battle Against the American Bottling Comp

    (CHICAGO) – During the early hours of the morning on May 22, more than 150 delivery drivers employed by the American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc.(NYSE: DPS), took to the strike line in protest of the numerous unfair labor practices committed by the company during negotiations. Teamsters Local 727 represented drivers, employed by the American Bottling Company at its Northlake (401 N. Railroad Ave.) and Harvey (1230 171st St.) Illinois facilities, have been manning the strike line around the clock since May 22, working day and night to inform the public of this soda giant’s unlawful acts.

    Now, only four days after the unfair labor practice strike commenced, the American Bottling Company has filed a temporary restraining order and motion for preliminary injunction against Teamsters Local 727 in an attempt to infringe on the union members’ legal rights to engage in lawful peaceful picketing and hand-billing. The motion was set to be heard this morning but late last night the company filed a motion to change the judge assigned to the case.

    “Instead of spending time and money working to bargain in good faith, and coming back to the bargaining table, this multi-billion dollar corporate bully is choosing to spend money on expensive lawyers, unnecessary security, and baseless legal actions. All these members want is to be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve,” said John Coli Jr., Teamsters Local 727 Secretary-Treasurer.
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/05/te...ttling-company

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    Default Re: Teamsters Local 727 Prepares to Fight Legal Battle Against the American Bottling

    Teamsters Inform Keurig of Unlawful Behavior of American Bottling Company

    (CHICAGO) – Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727 John Coli Jr., today wrote and mailed letters to top executives of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) which detailed the horrendous treatment of more than 150 union drivers by their current employer, the American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS), which is set to merge with Keurig this year.

    On May 22, the Teamster Drivers began an unfair labor practice strike in protest of the numerous unfair labor practices committed by Dr Pepper management throughout negotiations with the Union.

    Detailing the serious unfair labor practice charges filed against Dr Pepper, including the threatening and intimidation of employees, that led the drivers to initiate the ULP Strike two weeks ago, Coli requested Keurig leadership take the socially responsible step of demanding their future partners “cease their inflammatory unlawful behavior and bargain in good faith with the Union.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/06/te...ttling-company

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    Default Re: Teamsters Local 727 Prepares to Fight Legal Battle Against the American Bottling

    Dr Pepper's Last, Best And Final Offer To Teamsters Goes Down In Flames
    CHICAGO, June 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After more than two weeks on the unfair labor practice strike line, Teamsters Local 727-represented drivers employed by the American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) which is set to merge with Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. later this year, have overwhelmingly voted to reject the company's latest offer.

    The Local 727 Bargaining Committee waited four hours to hear from the company during the June 6 negotiations. Management finally presented what they claimed was a "modified" last, best and final offer to the Union. This latest proposal unlawfully regresses from the company's last offer as it eliminates retroactivity and removes a provision, tentatively agreed upon by the parties previously, permitting employees to honor union picket lines. Absent from the offer were changes to wage rates of the now three-year contract offer, healthcare, or retirement.

    Following a careful review and thorough discussion of the latest proposal, the more than 150 Local 727 drivers democratically voted and the results were astounding. The company's offer was rejected with three drivers voting in favor of the contract and 139 drivers voting against the contract.
    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...300662374.html

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    Default Re: Teamsters Local 727 Prepares to Fight Legal Battle Against the American Bottling

    Teamsters: Desperate To Prevent Employees From Exercising Free Speech, American Bottling Resorts To Harassment

    Wow, this is pretty bad.

    The American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSEPS) which is set to merge with Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. in July, has crossed a line no one should ever cross.

    Last week, a Dr Pepper manager singled out one of the union's female business agents and allegedly threatened sexual assault against her, her mother and her sister. According to the agent, a Dr Pepper employee and manager said, "I'm going to f*** you, f*** your mother and f*** your sister." When these unconscionable threats and sexually explicit comments were promptly brought to the company's attention, Dr Pepper responded not with the immediate launching of an investigation, but by claiming the union was lying.
    "Dr Pepper should be ashamed of themselves," said John Coli Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727. "To refuse to investigate a person who made such disgusting remarks is unacceptable." "Yesterday's inaction is characteristic of the unlawful and amoral behavior we've seen from Dr Pepper management over the past several months," added Coli. "The union is considering further legal action." The alleged harassment continued into the middle of the night as a Dr Pepper representative made nearly 40 calls in a span of just three hours to a union representative she was fully aware was not on the strike line at that time.
    https://www.news-journal.com/ap/nati...3ef979ddf.html

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    Default Re: Teamsters Local 727 Prepares to Fight Legal Battle Against the American Bottling

    I don't know if i missed this, but the above mentioned strike ended July 3, after a 40 day strike action.

    Included here another story about a Teamster driver injured on the strike line by a hired contractor attempting to enter the facility.

    Dr Pepper Drivers in Chicago Reach Deal, End 40-Day Strike.
    More than 150 Chicago Teamsters ended their strike against Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. after ratifying a new four-year contract, union and company officials confirmed July 3.

    Striking delivery drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 727, returned to work July 2 after the 40-day strike. Union members over the weekend voted overwhelmingly to ratify an agreement offering an average wage increase of 14% over four years.
    Story number 2 !

    Teamsters: Driver Hired By Dr Pepper Hits ULP Striking Teamsters Local 727 Member.
    A Teamsters Local 727 member currently engaged in an unfair labor practice strike against the American Bottling Company was taken away by ambulance yesterday after a driver for HMD Trucking, Inc., a third-party vendor hired by the company, is alleged to have deliberately struck the man with his tractor-trailer truck.
    While approaching the Northlake, Ill. distribution facility, picketers report the driver made a tight turn and did not slow down despite pedestrians nearby. When the 37-year Dr Pepper employee attempted to move out of the path of the massive truck, he was struck. While fellow Teamsters rushed to their hurt brother and dialed 911, the driver stepped out of the truck and allegedly threatened violence against the peaceful picketers and claimed he would "come back with a gun."
    Yesterday's event was the third incident in less than a week in which Dr Pepper employees or vendors allegedly assaulted, threatened, and harassed union members exercising their constitutionally protected First Amendment rights by participating in a ULP strike.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/dr-p...-40-day-strike

    https://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/.../06/21/DC34651

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    Default Re: Teamsters Local 727 Prepares to Fight Legal Battle Against the American Bottling

    And the fight continues

    Local 727 Continues Fight For Members Rights At American Bottling Company

    Sales service representatives and account managers at American Bottling Company/Dr. Pepper/Keurig in Chicago voted in July, 2019, to become members of Local 727 and the local union has been fighting the employer to recognize the unit ever since.

    The local union's right to represent the workers has been supported by the National Labor Relations Board which recently ruled in favor of the union and ordered the company to move forward with recognition and bargaining for their first agreement. However, this week, the company filed a petition challenging the NLRB's order.

    “A judge’s role is to enforce the law, not create new ones. The law has been on Local 727’s side every step of the way,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727. “Local 727 remains hopeful that the D.C. Circuit Court will follow the current law and once again order Keurig Dr Pepper to bargain with the Union.”

    “If Keurig Dr Pepper thinks that appeals will halt the Union’s strength, they are sorely mistaken,” added Coli. “Local 727 is here for the salesmen and will continue to fight this corporate bully. I urge all of our Union Brothers and Sisters to continue to stand united in this fight. We cannot give up now. We must continue to show our Union power, which comes from our solidarity.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2020/02/lo...ttling-company

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    Default Re: Teamsters Local 727 Prepares to Fight Legal Battle Against the American Bottling

    As noted above, the fight continues. Corporate greed at it's finest.

    Teamsters Local 727 Says Keurig Dr Pepper's Anti-Union Tactics Continue
    Last week, Teamsters Local 727 sent all soda companies represented by 727, including the American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Keurig Dr Pepper (NYSE:KDP), a detailed information request that asked companies to explain measures they planned to take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the union requested: 1) the sick leave and/or attendance policy the company will be using during this time to ensure members stay home while sick and/or to identify exposure; 2) what cleaning standards have been put in place including increased cleaning and disinfecting; and 3) what measures the company is taking to keep members informed of policies, procedures and exposures. While the company has not formally replied to the union's request for information, they did provide two letters to the union detailing the company's current efforts to protect members and their families.
    The letter stated that effective March 23, during this international health crisis, all actively working Keurig Dr Pepper bargaining unit members would be given a temporary hazard pay incentive of "additional twenty (20%) percent on top of the negotiated straight time rate for hours worked." When Teamsters Local 727 reached out to Keurig Dr Pepper to ensure the hazard pay and any safety measures would also apply to the new unit of sales services representatives and account managers, a company representative told the union they would not discuss the salesmen unit as "their position is they are not union." The salesmen unit overwhelmingly voted to join Teamsters Local 727 last summer and has subsequently been certified by both Region 13 and the National Labor Relations Board. Keurig Dr Pepper has appealed these decisions and lost multiple times.
    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...301029209.html

 

 

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