Coca-Cola employees are on day two of their strike against what they claim is unfair labor practices.
It’s been no ordinary work week for Coca-Cola employees. Instead of delivering Coca-Cola products to businesses around South Mississippi, the local union, Teamsters 991, is raising signs and voices outside the work place for the second day. Coca-Cola worker Donald Noble said, “I think we’re making progress. Everybody’s out here supporting. Obviously, we’re making progress as you can see from the ‘now hiring’ signs out front.”
With four other locations on strike, employees tell News 25 supervisors from out of town are paying the price and covering their shifts. Coca-Cola was bought out by a new company last October and now their contracts are up for renewal.
After the union refused the new contract twice, which the union claims will unfairly lower their wages, Coca-Cola employees decided to take a stand. “We’re out here striking because of unfair labor practices. I hope out of this we get treated fair in this and what we deserve and what was fought for the past 50 years that we deserve,’ said Noble.
The community is supporting the Teamsters in several ways. Cars not only honk when they drive by the picket line, but Noble says people are donating things as well. “We’ve got plenty of support from the community. We got tons of donations and local unions, UPS, Gautier Fire Department, they’re out. Other people just stopping by giving us donations. We’re out here for a good cause.”
With Coca-Cola employees and delivery drivers on strike, the Teamsters say delivery of Coca-Cola products is slowing down. They say it’s just a matter of time before the community sees the effects of their strike on local store shelves.