11/22/07

Teamsters welcomed to Coca-Cola bottler

Workers at Coca Cola in Cathedral City, California voted to secure strong representation yesterday, choosing Teamsters Local 63 in Covina, California as their bargaining representative.

Representatives for the 80 workers approached Local 63 four months ago expressing their desire for Teamster representation. The drivers, warehousemen and merchandisers told the Teamsters that they were seeking a strong partner to protect their future.

"The Teamsters are synonymous throughout the nation with strong representation," said Art Delgado, a warehouse worker for Coca Cola. "We were very concerned with protecting our future and believed the Teamsters were the right fit."

The workers' major concerns including protecting the future of their pensions and gaining a partner that had the experience and knowledge to negotiate a strong agreement and enforce the contract with the company.

"There is no doubt in my mind that these workers are a strong and united group. It takes an enormous amount of courage and wisdom to recognize the need take the first step to protect their families' futures," said Randy Cammack, International Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 63. "I look forward to working with our newest members and helping them get the representation they deserve."

(earthtimes.org)

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