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Coca-Cola union employees returning to work after strike

The Toledo workers are set to return on Thursday following a strike that started Nov. 2 over a contract dispute.
Credit: Roxanne Elias/WTOL

TOLEDO, Ohio — After a weekslong strike over health care issues, workers at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in north Toledo have reached an agreement with the company and are to return to work on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the union confirmed that the contract with Coca-Cola was ratified the morning of Nov. 18.

Dozens of members with Teamsters Local 20 started striking at 12:01 Monday, Nov. 2, fighting for what they called a better health care agreement. 

Tim Brown, a recording representative with Teamsters Local 20, said the strike started after the union and the company, Coca-Cola Consolidated, started negotiating back in September.

One of the biggest issues, the union said, was the cost of health care. 

"We're looking for a fair contract for all involved. The sticking points that we're at now are an increased health care cost, and minimal wage increases to offset that," Brown said on Nov. 2.