BNA Daily Labor Report: Teamsters Narrowly Lose Coke Organizing Vote

BNA Daily Labor Report
27, 2012
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Members of a proposed bargaining unit covering some 400 workers at a Coca-Cola Co. bottling plant in Fort Worth, Texas, voted against representation by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the National Labor Relations Board has announced.

In an NLRB-supervised election conducted Sept. 19, a bargaining unit of all production workers, voted 215-191 against representation by IBT, an NLRB representative told BNA Sept. 20. The election has not yet been certified by NLRB.

“We strive to maintain and enhance our direct relationship with our employees and while we respect our employees' right to choose whether or not to be represented by a union, we are pleased and grateful that employees decided to reaffirm their direct working relationship with the company,” the company said in a Sept. 26 statement. “Barring any objections by the union, we expect the National Labor Relations Board will certify these results within seven to 10 days. We hope the union will respect the employees' decision.”

Representatives from IBT declined to comment Sept. 26.

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