600 Coca Cola workers walk out in San Diego
|July 1, 2008
Contact: Hilda Delgado
Nearly 600 Coca Cola Drivers, Warehouse Workers walk out of the job today in solidarity with striking Oceanside employees
Teamsters to hold press conference to announce Boycott of Coca Cola Products For the 4th of July Weekend
San Diego , Calif. - OVER 600 DRIVERS and warehouse employees at Coca Cola Enterprises in San Diego walked out of the job at noon in solidarity with Oceanside striking workers who seek parity with other drivers and other CCE workers in Southern California. According to union officials, the strike may affect deliveries at over 800 stores in Southern California.
The 600 workers at Coca Cola Enterprises in San Diego represented by the Teamsters Local 683 bargaining unit walked out at noon today to support workers in Oceanside, who began a strike on Monday.
"Coca Cola Enterprises wants to treat its Oceanside workers as second class citizens," said Teamsters Local 683 Secretary-Treasurer Shannon R. Silva. "They want to drag down the standard of living for Oceanside workers. These workers deserve parity with other CCE employees in Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles County."
"Coca Cola Enterprises has refused to acknowledge the legitimate demands of its Teamster-represented employees who want nothing more than parity with what fellow Teamster drivers and warehouse workers in Southern California earn," added Silva.
On June 27, 2008, AP reported that E. Neville Isdell CEO of The Coca Cola Co. was the number 2 top earner at a company in the consumer staple sector next to Lee Scott of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The Oceanside employees are not asking to be the highest earners. They are just looking to be equal.
Teamsters will announce a boycott against Coca Cola products on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at noon, at a press conference that will be held at Teamsters Local 683, 2731 B Street, San Diego, CA 92102
Coca Cola products include: Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta, Dr. Pepper, Fresca, Sprite, Minute Maid, Dasani Water, Squirt, Rockstar, and Canada Dry among others. Workers urge the public at large to boycott all Coca Cola products during the highest Coca Cola sales on 4th of July. The strike and boycott is expected to continue until Coca Cola Enterprises agrees to settle a contract that will provide equality for drivers and warehouse workers in Oceanside.
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