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So, Coke Brampton… what’s it going to be?

Written By: Jenn - Jun• 02•16

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: – 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.




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  1. bruce says:

    Any updates as June 10 is tomorrow

    • Jenn says:

      Hi Bruce. Nothing yet – not sure if that’s good news or bad news! Last time there was quite a bit of chatter, and this time there’s crickets. Guess we’ll find out together tomorrow! Fingers crossed everyone is playing well together and we can get you folks back to work as usual without any disruption.

  2. Sara says:

    any news ??

    • Jenn says:

      Nada. Hang in there.

      • Sara says:

        no strike !! guess the thought that the company was planning a lock out was all wrong. happy it all worked out

        • Jenn says:

          Hopefully – I’ll feel better once it’s ratified. I’d really like to believe Coke played fair this time around. Fingers crossed!

  3. bruce says:

    So any thing now it’s 1055 pm Friday night and I was wondering if there is any info about the strike ?

  4. david says:

    tentative agreement.

    Ratification meeting
    Sunday June 12 at 10:00am

    Red Rose Convention Centre at 1233 Derry Rd E (near Dixie

    • Jenn says:

      Yep! I should have put that in earlier, but had no access to my computer today! Fingers crossed all goes well tomorrow.

  5. Nick says:

    I’m shocked to see so little news coverage on this, a quick google search only pulls up your blog! Curious how it went after the ratification meeting on Sunday? Deal? Strike? Lockout?

  6. SYLVIA Lavecchia says:

    What’s going on?

  7. bruce says:

    So did the vote for good or bad ?

  8. Tammy says:

    After all that on how much Coke flies off the shelf in KW, you’d think Coca cola would meet your requests. I’m a coke drinker and hate pepsi. What goes with coke?Everything. But what I have heard is that it’s only Brampton is having the problems in the area. Either way it sucks. Hope that strike is over and all is good. I do not want to switch to other alternatives thru pepsi(7up,Dr.Pepper,etc) if I can help it. Good luck to you all.