Processing Magazine

Workers Authorize Strike as Company Refuses to Bargain

April 20, 2010
According to PRNewswire, over 300 members of Local 220 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, UFCW, voted to authorize a strike if no agreement can be reached with Mott''s for workers at the company''s Williamson, NY facility. The vote, which was 250-5, gives authorization for the union to call a strike if the company continues to engage in unfair labor practices and refuses to bargain. Mott''s LLP is a subsidiary of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Last year alone DPSG earned $555 million in profits. Despite Mott''s aggressive stance at the bargaining table the union was trying to reach an agreement that would protect workers'' wages, health coverage and other benefits. The company made an offer that the union brought to the membership for a vote. That offer was rejected by a vote of 272-18 and the union sought to continue bargaining. The company refused and even threatened to cut workers'' wages if their "final" offer was not accepted. The union has filed unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board over the company''s conduct.