Eleven members of the Teamsters Local 651 in Lexington, Kentucky have been striking against the Keurig/Dr. Pepper (KDRP) plant since Feb. 27 after negotiations broke down. Federal mediators are now on the scene to help bring the strike to a mutually beneficial conclusion.
Negotiations between Local 651 and the Lexington KDRP plant began on Feb. 7 but were met with pushback over the installation of in-cab cameras and a proposed pay rate of $5.00/hour less than their competitors. In an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader, Local 651 vice president Joe B. Lance, lead negotiator of the union, told reporters that drivers could be disciplined for using a Bluetooth headset or for eating or drinking in their cabs, especially if they drink a competitor’s product.
Drivers could be written up “if you’re driving for Dr. Pepper Snapple and you drink a Pepsi, for instance,” Lance said. “We’re fighting for area-standard wages for commercial drivers, who get paid $20-$30 an hour.”
This is a developing story and Back The Truck Up will keep up updated as more details emerge.
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