Coke settle labor dispute
The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Southern California has settled a two-week labor strike by 600 of the firm's union employees.
The new contract, which will cover 80 employees at a CCBC distribution center in Oceanside and about 550 workers from a San Diego distribution center, guarantees a 10 percent pay raise spread over three years.
The Oceanside workers, which walked off the job at the end of June, ratified the new contract Sunday by a 64-6 vote. The San Diego workers walked off the job several days later. The workers are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union.
Company officials said deliveries of several beverage lines, including Fanta and Diet Dr Pepper, were disrupted by the strike. However, the firm said deliveries of nearly all of its Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and other “core” products, were made on time after additional staff was brought in from other parts of the nation.