at the Coca-Cola facility in Sylmar, CA, has gone off the deep
end, according to a press release from the International Brotherhood
seems that Rick Bronson, a 12-year route driver for Coke and member
of Teamsters Local 848, was fired for drinking a Pepsi.
is really grasping at straws on this one,” said Jim Santangelo,
principal officer of Teamsters Local 848 and international vice
president. “This is nothing more than an attempt to get rid of
a pro-union employee. The Teamsters will fight every step of the
way to get Rick’s job back.”
is attempting to use a company rule that prohibits slander of
the product, the release said.
is particularly ironic is the fact that the Sylmar facility uses
Arrowhead brand spring water for all employees, union and management
alike, to drink despite the fact that Arrowhead competes directly
with the Coke brand of spring water, Dasani,” the release noted.
of this nonsense stems from the fact that the Teamsters have had
a lot of success in organizing Coke merchandisers in Southern
California recently,” Santangelo added. “Rick Bronson was actively
involved in those organizing campaigns, and Coke management knew
it. That’s why they are firing him, and we will not stand for
Local 848 has filed unfair labor practice charges against Coca-Cola.