UPDATED: Workers at Keurig Dr. Pepper Threaten Strike


UPDATE 5/12/20 1:00 p.m. : Ottumwa Radio has received the following company statement from Keurig Dr. Pepper: Teamsters Local No. 238 is threatening a strike despite Keurig Dr Pepper making several proposals, including an offer that increases wages, doubles the Company’s 401k match and retains the current healthcare plan until January 2022. At that time, under the latest offer, union employees would be covered by a comprehensive health insurance plan in which more than 16,000 Keurig Dr Pepper employees are eligible to participate today. This plan includes an extensive network of doctors and providers along with competitive employee premiums, deductibles, co-insurance and out of pocket maximums, plus Company contributions to a Health Savings Account.Regardless of the vote, our focus remains on prioritizing the health and safety of all employees, and we will continue to provide increased compensation to our frontline employees who are producing and delivering essential product during the COVID-19 crisis. We are well prepared to continue our operations and meet the needs of our customers and consumers in our communities.

Employees of Keurig Dr. Pepper in Ottumwa are threatening to strike if the company maintains its current course and changes the healthcare plan, according to union officials.

A news release states the current contract between Keurig Dr. Pepper and workers expired in April and the current extension expires on Wednesday. The union says it rejected a five-year contract from the company. The union wants to keep their current healthcare provider and desires a three-year pact with the company. The switch in healthcare providers will result in higher out of pocket expenses for the workers, according to the union.

In a statement, Jesse Case, the Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 238, expresses the union’s desire to keep their current healthcare plan.

“Workers at Dr.
Pepper just want the peace of mind to know that their insurance won’t change for the
foreseeable future”

Over 100 employees would be affected by the agreement, according to the union. A representative from Keurig Dr. Pepper was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

Ottumwa Radio News will keep you updated on this developing story.

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