Thursday, October 10, 2013

Maximus Coffee Workers Strike in Houston to Protest Company’s Plan to Slash Benefits

The UFCW International just released a statement regarding over 250 workers (mostly UFCW member) going on strike to protest company plans to reduce wages & benefits, increase premiums and eliminate overtime.  This is outrageous, we stand with our union brothers and sisters at Local 455.

Houston Texas: Over 250 Maximus Coffee Group workers in Houston, a majority of who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) Local 455, went on strike this morning to protest the company’s plan to reduce wages from 25 to 50 percent per hour, reduce retirement benefits, increase insurance premiums, and eliminate overtime pay. Maximus Coffee Group’s U.S. headquarters is located in Houston.    
“Maximus Coffee workers in Houston are simply trying to protect middle class jobs and their benefits after working hard to make their company profitable,” said UFCW Local 455 President Bill Hopkins. 
 “I hope this strike sends a strong message to the company and moves the negotiation process to a successful conclusion.” “I’ve worked at this plant for 41 years and for Maximus Coffee since 2006 when they purchased the plant from Maxwell House,” said Robert Barnes. “I haven’t gotten a real raise since 2009, and don’t know how I’ll be able to support my family if my wages and benefits are reduced.” 

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