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Pepsi workers vote to remain in union

March 04, 1997

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer

Pepsi Cola Co. workers at the Williamsport Pepsi distribution center voted 33 to 11 to remain Teamsters on Friday, union officials said.

The Pepsi Teamsters at the 16425 Elliot Parkway center work in route sales, special delivery, vending machine mechanics, warehousing and merchandising

Tom Krause, Teamsters organizer with Local 992, accused the company of "unrelenting ... pre-election harassment."

"The employees are to be commended for their perseverance in the face of great pressure from their employer," Krause said in a written statement.

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Krause said the vote was on a decertification petition filed by some employees.

He said 44 of the 46 union workers at the center voted. The union's four-year contract with Pepsi runs out in the year 2000, he said.

"I think they just need to listen to the workers," Krause said. "The union here is not going away. It's clearly telling Pepsi management we do want a voice in our working conditions now and in the future."

Phone calls to Pepsi management Monday afternoon were not returned.

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