7/19/08

Teamsters to expand strike v. Coca-Cola

Related Coca-Cola strike stories: here

Is militant union staging a pattern strike?

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is facing a strike at its Mobile plant, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Charlotte-based company, which bottles drinks from concentrates manufactured by Atlanta's Coca-Cola Co., said 270 union workers in Mobile represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters voted to strike immediately after their contract expired July 12.

The company said in a filing with the SEC that it doesn't expect the strike to affect operations. Coca-Cola Consolidated is the second-largest bottler of Coke products, behind Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Enterprises. It has five production centers, including the lone Alabama plant in Mobile.

The strike centers on worker objections to freezing company contributions to the union-administered pension plan, the Teamsters said. Workers in Mobile have also opposed a proposal to increase employee contributions for health insurance.

(al.com)

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