(PHOENIX)—Warehouse workers and checkers who work at Swire Coca-Cola have voted to ratify a first-time, three-year agreement. The workers, who are represented by Teamsters Local 104, voted 97 percent in favor of the contract.

The workers have shown strength and determination in the 17-month battle for a first-time agreement. When they had their first organizing meeting, the workers at Swire Coca-Cola had been working for four months straight without a day off. The workers also had major safety concerns that were not being addressed by the company.

This is the first Swire Coca-Cola location in the nation to choose Teamster representation after the buyout from Coca-Cola Refreshments.

“Swire took all of the paid time off we had earned and didn’t care what we had done for the company. Some of us have worked here over 30 years and now have to start over,” said Richard Nicosia, a Swire checker. “All we want is what is fair.”

During the past 17 months, Local 104 has filed over 50 unfair labor practice charges against Swire Coca-Cola.
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