UPDATE – MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVNS) — The workers of Coca-Cola Consolidated in Bluefield began their strike on July 29. Their current contract with the company expired the night before.
Workers say they are seeking fair pay. As the members of the Teamster union were not able to reach an agreement, they began their strike.
In response to the strike, we received a statement from Coca-Cola consolidated, saying “We are disappointed with the Union’s decision to take our teammates out on strike. We care deeply about all of our teammates, and we believe we presented the union in West Virginia a fair and equitable offer. We have a solid plan in place to ensure continuity in serving our customers and communities in the best way possible.”
We are now waiting to hear a response from the local workers on strike.
ORIGINAL JULY 28 6:24 p.m. — A group of workers in Mercer county is ready to go on strike.
On July 17th, 2021, the nearly two hundred employees who work at Coca Cola Consolidated in Bluefield, voted unanimously to reject the company’s final offer at a new contract.
The current contract expires at midnight on July 28th, 2021. If nothing changes, the Teamster union local chapter is ready to go on strike.
Local chapter 175 president Ken Hall said they want fair compensation.
“All of those offers frankly have been substantially better than what is being offered to Bluefield,” said Hall.
Hall referred to deals he helped negotiate at other locations in the state who were able to come to an agreement. Hall said if nothing changes, the strike will go on as planned.