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Teamsters in Los Angeles and Hartford Win Strong Contracts With Coke

Source: Teamsters

Teamsters in Hartford, Connecticut and Los Angeles voted by an overwhelming majority to ratify new agreements with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). The new contracts call for an across the board increase in wages, the maintenance of their current health care plan and an increase in their pension.

"It was a tough fight, but our members stayed committed to seeing this though to the end," said Jim Santangelo, President of Joint Council 42 and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 848. "There was too much at stake for us not to take a stand."

The workers stayed united against CCE, picketing until they had ratified contracts in both states. With the rising costs of health care becoming a larger problem every day in America, it was of utmost importance that the workers win this fight.

This is a big win for the Coca-Cola drivers, warehousemen and vending machine drivers in our union, said Chris Roos, president of Local 1035 in Hartford. We went back and forth with the company, but in the end it was our persistence that counted."

Our brothers and sisters did a terrific job negotiating and the picketing targets were very effective, said Jack Cipriani, Director of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference. Coca-Cola is a large company and we really have to watch them at every bargaining session because they always want to cut costs. With these contracts we were able to win an increase in wages and strengthened benefits for our members, the most important things to us.
The Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference represents nearly 14,000 workers at Coca-Cola throughout the United States.


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