7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

News and Issues
User Info

West Virginia Coca-Cola distributor provokes statewide shutdown

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, November 8, 2018)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Coca-Cola Consolidated (NASDAQ: COKE) workers in Bluefield, W.Va., shut down state-wide distribution operations yesterday when approximately 28 employees went on a one-day unfair labor practice strike after the company made unilateral changes. The picket line was extended to other Coca-Cola Consolidated locations in Logan, Charleston, Parkersburg, and Clarksburg, where approximately 130 workers elected to honor the picket lines.

“We have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the Coca-Cola distributor has violated federal labor laws, but we hope this short one-day strike will minimize service disruptions and force the company to honor the law,” said Teamsters Local 175 Secretary-Treasurer Ralph Winter.

Teamsters Local 175 represents approximately 28 employees at the Bluefield facility and approximately 130 around the state in locations at Charleston, Logan, Parkersburg and Clarksburg. The parties have been in negotiations for several months, but have yet to reach an agreement. One of the biggest issues is that Coca-Cola Consolidated is attempting to make major changes to the health insurance plan, and drastically increase costs for employees, even as the company’s health plan costs at the Bluefield location have decreased.

Coca-Cola Consolidated distributes, markets and manufactures Coca-Cola products in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Coca-Cola Consolidated’s largest customers are Walmart Stores, Inc., The Kroger Company and Food Lion.

Approximately 14 percent of Coca-Cola Consolidated employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements, including approximately 1,500 workers represented by the Teamsters Union.

Many Teamsters who work at unionized Coca-Cola facilities in West Virginia and in other states have the ability to recognize and not cross a picket line when it is extended to their locations.

Although yesterday’s strike was over an unfair labor practice, the last time a strike occurred at Coca-Cola Consolidated for a failure to reach an agreement was in 2000 and lasted for 21 weeks. In that strike, employees won unemployment benefits as a result of the company's actions.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Like us on Facebook at

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2019 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts


AAR reports rail traffic for the week ending April 13, 2019
Union Pacific reports Q1 2019 results
Kansas City Southern’s Q1 2019 net profit jumped 16 percent
PTC: Fifty years later, a lifesaving technology that could have saved over 300 lives inches toward completion
California port truck drivers awarded over $1.2 million for wage theft
Union Pacific VP Rynaski sells $1.496 million in company stock
Metra to start building 2 new Chicago stations after getting state funds
Transport Canada announces funding for rail safety improvements
Amtrak supporters appeal for funding for Hoosier State line
Q&A: Comparison of benefits under Railroad Retirement and Social Security
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines