Dunkin' Donuts Supplier Wants Continued Negotiations With Teamsters

Strike Threat by Teamsters Local 25 is Unfortunate and Unnecessary

Jun 29, 2010, 20:29 ET from The Northeast DCP

BELLINGHAM, Mass., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northeast DCP, a franchisee-owned supplier for Dunkin' Donuts stores throughout New England, is calling for Teamsters Local 25 to accept additional negotiation dates that have been offered and call off threats to strike.

In a news release today, the union incorrectly claimed negotiations are stalled and that the DCP is refusing to talk about issues such as health care and union security.

The truth is that 32 tentative agreements on issues have been reached, including financial ones such as 401K, pension, and incentives. All other issues, including health care and union security, are on the table. We have met regularly with the union, and at the most recent bargaining session, the Northeast DCP offered two specific July dates for continued bargaining. Teamsters Local 25 declined to accept them, and issued a public strike threat instead.

The negotiations underway are for an initial contract that would cover truck drivers and helpers. Arriving at the language of a first contract is a complex and usually lengthy process that requires meaningful negotiation. We remain committed to this process.

We are taking steps to ensure that scheduled deliveries to Dunkin' Donuts stores in New England will continue smoothly in the event that Teamsters Local 25 follows through on its threat to strike.

The Northeast DCP continues to bargain in good faith to reach an agreement that is in the best interests of our employees, Dunkin' Donuts franchisees and, ultimately, Dunkin' Donuts consumers.

About The Northeast DCP

The Northeast DCP (NEDCP) is a supplier for Dunkin' Donuts restaurants throughout New England. The NEDCP, with nearly 500 employees, operates under the National DCP, LLC (NDCP), which was established in 2005 to unify both the buying power and manpower of four existing regional centers. The NDCP is the exclusive Supply Chain Partner for Dunkin' Brands, Inc., servicing more than 6,000 Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins outlets worldwide.

SOURCE The Northeast DCP