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    Default Local 727 & Coca-Cola

    Seems Great Lakes Coke, a local bottler, has refused to negotiate any supplemental hazard pay for working during the states mandated "stay at home" order.

    Teamsters Local 727 Informs Great Lakes Coca-Cola Of Dangerous Situation It's Creating For Its Workers
    CHICAGO, March 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- When the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic escalated in the United States, Teamsters Local 727 flew into action and immediately sent information requests to every employer represented by Local 727 to ask how they were going to handle the international health crisis. More specifically, the union asked companies for detailed explanations about amendments to their attendance policies, enhancements to their safety protocols, and how the company intended to disseminate information to its employees. As the city of Chicago enacted orders to keep sick people home and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker put in place a "stay at home" order, Local 727 reached out to every employer with "essential employees" and demanded hazard pay and paid leave for illnesses and facility shutdowns related to COVID-19.
    Perhaps even more egregious, the multinational, multibillion dollar company refuses to put clear sick or paid leave policies needed to address the coronavirus on paper. The company has repeatedly stated that attendance will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and refuses to commit that all members will be paid if they have to stay home with symptoms or family illness related to COVID-19.
    Teamster Local 727 will continue to demand that Great Lakes Coca-Cola do the right thing to protect its frontline, essential workers, their families, the public, and you. Teamsters Local 727 asks that the public call 847-653-0784 and demand Great Lakes Coca Cola protect their employees.
    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...301032126.html

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    Default Re: Local 727 & Coca-Cola

    More issues with Great Lakes Coca Cola and the Teamsters local 727.

    Teamsters Local 727 Stands-Up Against Corporate Bully, Great Lakes Coca-Cola After the Company Tells Employee’s to Remove Masks
    While the coronavirus pandemic and the hits to the economy are frightening, much of the United States is coming together and finding ways to support each other and frontline, essential workers. Many employers, including Keurig Dr Pepper (NYSE:KDP), and Pepsi (NYSE:PEP), have given hazard pay and additional sick leave to their employees, as well as developed well-thought out, documented practices and policies to protect their essential employees who are putting their health and the health of their family at risk every day. On the other hand, Great Lakes Coca-Cola, a subsidiary of Reyes Holdings and bottler/distributor of Coca-Cola products (NYSE:KO), has used the uncertainty and fear of the coronavirus to further their anti-Union agenda and save money on the backs of their employees.

    While GLCC previously put in to place a substandard “supplemental pay” that incentivized members to come to work, the additional $100 a week (contingent on not being sick) only lasted until April 25th. When Teamsters Local 727 requested any documents, policies, or plans for how the company intended to protect employees and including deciding who should be quarantined after someone was infected due as a result of their work for GLCC, management told the Union to google the guidance provided by the CDC. Adding insult to injury Great Lakes Coca-Cola has not only violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), but they have put members health at risk just today when Management at the Niles production facility forced employee to take masks off that had been provided to them by the Union.
    http://teamsterslocal727.org/teamste...-remove-masks/

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    Default Re: Local 727 & Coca-Cola

    Troubles continue between the local 727 workforce at Great Lakes Coca-Cola and the company.

    Great Lakes Coca-Cola’s Lies & Unsafe Working Conditions Continue
    Yesterday, after concerns from Teamsters Local 727 members continued to go unaddressed by the Company, a member called WGNTV Channel 9 who visited the GLCC facility. Recently, in the Alsip production facility, three members have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last week alone. Several other members have been placed in quarantine. According to reports from the members working at the facility, there are other employees who had close contact with infected members who management refuses to quarantine—likely because it could require shutdown of an entire department. When Union stewards raised this concern to the Company and suggested that the Company close for sanitation and self-quarantine, a member of management claimed there was no point in closing as the employees “would get infected getting a beer with their buddies.”

    Teamsters Local 727 has sent countless information requests to Great Lakes Coca-Cola about their health and safety policies during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, when it didn’t seem like the company was taking their frontline, essential employee’s health seriously, Union representatives filed a OSHA complaint. Recently, Teamsters Local 727 informed the Company of measures other companies in the industry were using (including taking temperatures and having employees complete health screenings before work). The Company ignored the Union’s demands and has failed to implement any additional safety measures. Instead, the Company simply said “we can’t do that.” However, as Great Lakes Coca-Cola continues to grow and profit, it is clear that this is not a matter of can’t—they simply won’t spend the money necessary to protect the very employees who generate their profits. This is not surprising given that they unlawfully laid off close to 50 members and have yet to show a business need to do so.
    http://teamsterslocal727.org/great-l...ions-continue/

 

 

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