Picket lines set up outside Coca Cola plant near Vancleave

Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 at 9:25 AM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Members of Teamsters 991 have walked off the job at the Coca Cola plant in Jackson County. They went on strike early Thursday morning and say they plan on picketing the Highway 57 plant 24 hours a day until they reach an accord with Coca Cola United.

The plant has about 40 union employees. They're protesting in shifts of five, and plan on rotating in a new batch of strikers every four hours.

A statement from Coca Cola United says, "Despite Coca-Cola United's good faith effort to negotiate a new labor contract, Teamsters Local 991 leaders, unwilling to come to an agreement, have called a strike as of today." Coca Cola United has plants in Jackson County, Mobile, Robertsdale and Leroy, Alabama. Strikes have started at the Alabama facilities as well.

The news release from Coca Cola United says the company "has activated a business continuity plan to assure customers continue to receive the product delivery and service they expect."

Coca Cola United has 60 facilities across the southeast, and more than 10,000 employees.

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