Coca-Cola workers stage walkout at Bluewell plant

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BLUEWELL, WV (WVVA) Workers at the Coca-Cola distribution center in Bluewell went on strike Wednesday morning.

Employees tell WVVA they’ve been working without a contract since July 28.

The Teamsters Local 175 authorized the strike back in late-September.  The union represents about 150 Coca-Cola workers in Bluewell, Charleston, Clarksburg, Logan, Parkersburg. We are told there are 28 workers at the plant in Bluewell.

“Today’s picket line was for unfair labor practices and it extended to four other locations. Workers will return to their jobs tomorrow (Thursday),” said Ralph Winters, President, Teamsters Local 175.

Coca-Cola Vice President of Communications Brian Nick issued the following statement:

“Our company stands ready to continue negotiations, but thus far the union is not joining us in this good faith effort. We greatly value our West Virginia teammates and don’t believe the union’s refusal to continue negotiations is in the best interest of our teammates.”

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

Multimedia Journalist

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