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    Default Teamsters Fight Back Against Philadelphia's Proposed Soda Tax

    I am rather baffled by this one. A tax will cause these companies to swiftly leave the area? In CA we had a snack tax for many years but I will admit I do not know what the end result was as far as soda companies.
    The following is an official statement from Dan Grace, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 830 in Philadelphia: "As we have twice in the past, Teamsters Local 830 will once again exhaust every resource available to us to defeat the new administration's proposed soda tax. We will again be joined in this fight by a broad coalition, including the beverage industry, small business owners, consumers, consumer advocates, the faith-based community and elected officials alike.
    The passage of this proposal will result in the swift departures of the Pepsi and Coca-Cola operations in the city, the loss of many family-sustaining jobs, and a consumer revolt. Much like the prior administration's much-ballyhooed tax on cigarettes - which Philadelphia consumers evaded by simply crossing the city borders to buy their tobacco products elsewhere - the same thing will happen with sugary drinks.
    https://teamster.org/news/2016/02/te...posed-soda-tax

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    Soda Tax is not a Solution for Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s mayor has a laudable goal – spend an additional $400 million a year on education, jobs and development to boost the City of Brotherly Love. But the way he’s going about it is all wrong.
    Grace said Teamsters are ready to push back on the proposal if necessary. "As we have twice in the past, Teamsters Local 830 will once again exhaust every resource available to us to defeat the new administration's proposed soda tax,” he said. “We will again be joined in this fight by a broad coalition, including the beverage industry, small business owners, consumers, consumer advocates, the faith-based community and elected officials alike.”
    https://teamster.org/blog/2016/03/so...n-philadelphia

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    Default Re: Teamsters Fight Back Against Philadelphia's Proposed Soda Tax

    While I don't know enough about this proposed tax to condemn it, or support it, I will add a few things.
    Coke has a bottling plant in the heart of the city, Erie Ave, to be exact. Pepsi products are bottled in south Jersey, Pennsauken.
    To say people will leave the city to buy a soda seems a little dramatic. While many Philadelphians do cross the bridges to buy booze and cigarettes, those items cost substantially more and are much cheaper then in Phila. Gasoline too.
    Will you cross the bridge to buy a case of soda ? Add in the bridge toll and gas money and it's likely you won't save a single cent.
    As I walked the city just recently, people were still smoking, drinking all manner of beverages and enjoying the city life.

    Now that I think about it, I wouldn't worry about a few cent tax on soda. I would still buy it if I wanted it, like most of the young millennials already do. Like swiping an ATM card to get money, all the while paying for that privilege. It won't change peoples habits.
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    Default Re: Teamsters Fight Back Against Philadelphia's Proposed Soda Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    While I don't know enough about this proposed tax to condemn it, or support it, I will add a few things.
    Coke has a bottling plant in the heart of the city, Erie Ave, to be exact. Pepsi products are bottled in south Jersey, Pennsauken.
    To say people will leave the city to buy a soda seems a little dramatic. While many Philadelphians do cross the bridges to buy booze and cigarettes, those items cost substantially more and are much cheaper then in Phila. Gasoline too.
    Will you cross the bridge to buy a case of soda ? Add in the bridge toll and gas money and it's likely you won't save a single cent.
    As I walked the city just recently, people were still smoking, drinking all manner of beverages and enjoying the city life.

    Now that I think about it, I wouldn't worry about a few cent tax on soda. I would still buy it if I wanted it, like most of the young millennials already do. Like swiping an ATM card to get money, all the while paying for that privilege. It won't change peoples habits.
    That was my thought. I don't live back there or know anything about the logistics of things but I know when I lived in CA, I did not stop eating snacks because of the tax. I have stopped eating them because of the health risks, not because of any tax I would have to pay. If I remember correctly, we actually had a food tax here in NM when I first moved here. They have tried to reinstate it several times. I wouldn't go do my grocery shopping in AZ to avoid the tax lol.
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    Letter: Teamsters, other workers will suffer if soda tax becomes law
    MAYOR KENNEY'S proposed 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks is difficult to swallow, especially for the city's poor, small shop owners, grocers and the Teamsters Union drivers and bottling-plant workers I represent.

    The regressive tax, which City Council already rejected twice under the previous mayor (including two "No" votes by former Councilman Kenney) is now being spun by the Kenney administration as the only way it can afford to pay for its ambitious new proposals, which is simply untrue.

    Once again, Philadelphia's government is unfairly targeting one industry with such an onerous tax. If enacted, the sugary drink tax will disproportionately hurt hardworking, middle-class families and the city's working poor. City officials continue to exhibit an alarming lack of understanding of the economic consequences of this tax in dismissing the Teamsters' belief that the tax will cost our membership jobs in an already weakened beverage industry and a down national economy.



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    Teamsters ask fellow unions to reconsider soda tax stance

    The Teamsters are feeling a little lonely in their union opposition to Mayor Kenney’s tax.

    Teamsters Secretary Daniel Grace sent a letter to the leaders of seven labor organizations in support of Kenney’s three-cent per ounce sugary drinks tax asking them to reconsider in the name of union solidarity.

    The Teamsters, who represent drivers in the city whose jobs, Grace says, are at risk if the tax passes, have been a powerful voice against Kenney’s proposal.

    “If the city’s labor community doesn’t take a stand against this tax, knowing it will lead to significant job loss for Teamsters Local 830, then every union in the city, public or private, will be vulnerable,” Grace wrote. “Every union in the city will be fair game for the unwanted intrusion of city government into your business.
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    Teamsters Rally Against Philadelphia Mayor's Soda Tax

    (PHILADELPHIA) – Teamsters from the tri-state area, members of SEIU, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, community allies, and store owners rallied today outside Philadelphia’s City Hall to protest the proposed soda tax. While Coca Cola, Pepsi, Canada Dry trucks and Teamster 18-wheelers circled city hall, rank-and-file Teamsters held signs saying, “No More Taxes”. View more photos from the rally,here.

    “This soda tax is a regressive tax that will hurt our industry,” said Bill Hamilton, Teamsters International Vice President. “The issue has never been about health and we will all end up paying for this tax with the job losses that will occur if the mayor’s soda tax is passed.”

    One of the Teamsters at the rally was Dennis McGinley, a member of Local 830 and a warehouse worker and head steward for the Pepsi warehouse in Philadelphia. “If this tax goes through, people could end up losing their jobs. I am thinking about the future of the industry – and my kids. This is one of the biggest industries that are here and through hard work you can earn a good living.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2016/06/te...ayors-soda-tax

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    Default Re: Teamsters Fight Back Against Philadelphia's Proposed Soda Tax

    I personally do not get the big deal being made over this but I will just keep posting the updates. If I want a soda, I will pay the tax....


    Teamsters Resolve to Fight Soda Tax in Philadelphia, Nationwide

    (LAS VEGAS) –– Teamsters from Philadelphia and nationwide resolved at the union’s 29th International Convention to join together in opposition to soda taxes that hurt good jobs in the beverage industry.

    Daniel Grace, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 830 in Philadelphia, put forth the motion at the convention to pass a resolution opposing unfair beverage taxes that put people out of work.

    “These taxes are harmful to workers, small grocers and the city’s poor. The tax that the city council passed in Philadelphia will go to fund the city’s pet projects at the expense of our workers and economy,” Grace said. “We are continuing the fight against this unfair, regressive tax in court. Our fight is not over.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2016/07/te...hia-nationwide
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    Teamsters, Beverage Association, File Suit Against Philadelphia Soda Tax
    (PHILADELPHIA) – Teamsters local 830, as representative of hundreds of working men and women employed in the soft drink industry, and the American Beverage Association jointly filed a suit today against the city of Philadelphia’s plan to implement a soda tax. The suit seeks to block the tax from going forward until a court can hear arguments about the proposed tax.

    The tax, called “wildly divisive” and “unlawful” by a variety of associations, has been fought against every step of the way by the Teamsters. Philadelphia’s city hall was the site of a large rally in June where store owners, beverage workers and hundreds of members of unions protested against the city council for considering such a tax.

    “The Soda Tax helps no one, and hurts many,” said Danny Grace, of Teamsters Local 830. “The jobs that will be lost as a result of the tax on soda beverages will put hardworking men and women out of work. These are the same working families which keep Philadelphia commerce running. This tax must be stopped!”
    https://teamster.org/news/2016/09/te...lphia-soda-tax

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    Judge dismisses attempt to block Philadelphia beverage tax

    PHILADELPHIA — A judge on Dec. 19 dismissed legal attempts by the beverage industry, retailers and others to block Philadelphia’s beverage tax that is set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

    Judge Gary Glazer of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas rejected efforts to block the tax by plaintiffs who argued in part that the tax was unconstitutional because beverages already were subject to state sales tax and Pennsylvania law prohibits cities from imposing duplicate taxes. Judge Glazer dismissed the lawsuit in its entirety.
    The American Beverage Association, the Pennsylvania Beverage Association, Teamsters Local 830 and several small businesses jointly filed suit Sept. 14 in an effort to block the 1.5c-per-oz tax on sodas and several other drinks. The suit sought to enjoin and declare the tax invalid on the grounds it violated state law, terms of a federal nutrition assistance program and other reasons. In addition, the plaintiffs said the tax was regressive and harmful to small businesses and will “meaningfully diminish the everyday purchasing power of Philadelphia residents.”
    Judge dismisses attempt to block Philadelphia beverage tax | Food Business News

 

 
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