Teamsters at Coca-Cola Stand Strong for Health Care

Los Angeles and Hartford Workers Expand Consumer Boycott

May 26, 2005, 01:00 ET from International Brotherhood of Teamsters

    WASHINGTON, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Teamster members in Los Angeles and
 Hartford, Connecticut began spreading the word about a boycott of Coca-Cola
 products today.  Targeting consumers at Wal-Mart's Sam's Clubs, Teamsters
 began handing out fliers asking for a boycott of all Coca-Cola products
 including Coca-Cola, Dasani water, Dr. Pepper and Sprite.
     "We're on strike until we get a good health care plan from Coca-Cola
 Enterprises," said Chris Roos, principal officer of Teamsters Local 1035 in
 Hartford, Connecticut. "The lack of product is making an impact on all the
     Nearly 2,000 Teamsters who work at Coca-Cola bottling plants and
 distribution centers in Los Angeles and Hartford have been on strike since
 early Monday morning. The center of the issue is health care payments. Over
 the past several weeks, Teamster negotiators have sought agreements with Coca-
 Cola management on affordable health care for their members.
     "We will not have our members pay high costs for health care while Coca-
 Cola still gives out fat consulting agreements to executives who no longer
 work for the company," said Jack Cipriani, director of the Teamsters Brewery
 and Soft Drink Workers Conference. "Our members are loyal, hard working people
 who deserve excellent health care and good wages. We are here to fight for
     Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4
 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States and Canada.

SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters