We’re there again, in contract negotiations between the union and Coca Cola.
Thing is, for a while now, they’ve been telling clients calling in for orders that we’re “definitely going to be on strike”, so they should “stock up”. I guess we know what the company is planning.
The last I heard about what they’re offering is that it was a complete joke – same old, same old: Divide and conquer, union-busting nonsense. I understand that offer was ripped in half at a meeting. I’m not quite sure where we are at the moment, but from what we’re getting, it appears that Coke is once again not going to play fair. Will that mean another lock out? As you recall, we didn’t actually strike last time; Coke erected fences and locked workers out. Oh sure, they CALLED it a strike, to anyone who would listen, but the simple fact of the matter is that it was a lockout, and an attempt to bring the employees of Brampton more in line with the American ways of doing things (read: no job security, lower paid jobs, contracting out or hiring part timers so no benefits or pension funds need be paid out, etc.) That just doesn’t fly in Canada. We are hard-working people, and we will not allow ourselves to be screwed.
Don’t quite recall how things went last time? Here’s a link to all of those posts that should bring you up to speed: http://youknowthatblog.com/tag/coca-cola/ – it’ll open up in a new tab for your reading pleasure.
So the long and short of it is, as it stands now, we’re likely looking at some sort of work stoppage. Lockout or strike? Guess we’ll find out next week, on June 10th.
Once again, the unionized employees of Brampton and everyone who supports them, will be forced to fight for fair treatment.
We’re not asking for the moon – we never have. We’re not asking for unreasonable wage hikes – just normal cost of living. Essentially, we’d really like things to just stay in line with what we’ve already fought hard for.
Keep it fair, Coke. Remember that these are men and women with families. Good people. And please, lets try not to throw untruths or misrepresentations around again this time, ok? That’s just sad. You have a great workforce that you should be happy to support, not try to screw over at any given moment. Let’s be Canadian about this, shall we?
Good luck everyone. Keep it civil please.