No progress in Coca-Cola talks …

Mike Rodenbucher, shop steward for Teamsters Local 589, says no progress has been made on contract talks between Bremerton Bottling Co. and Coca-Cola company owners.

“Nothing’s changed,” Rodenbucher said. More talks are scheduled for next week, he said. Some 25 employees of the Auto Center Way distribution center went out on strike in late August.

Workers contend the company said replacements would be hired if they didn’t return to work, which they did. The strike lasted a week.

About 500 workers in Western Washington are part of the contract negotiations. Locally, the issues include contributions to retiree health-care coverage and increases in employees’ insurance premiums.

Stay tuned.

Rachel Pritchett, reporter

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