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Coca-Cola employees have gone on strike. What does this mean for Jackson County?

Teamsters Local 991 members Shannon Trochesset of Ocean Springs, from left,  Adam Hebert of Biloxi and Michael Toothman of D’Iberville picket in July 2008 in  front of the CoCa-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated plant in Vancleave.
Teamsters Local 991 members Shannon Trochesset of Ocean Springs, from left, Adam Hebert of Biloxi and Michael Toothman of D’Iberville picket in July 2008 in front of the CoCa-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated plant in Vancleave. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Employees with Coca-Cola United in Jackson County went on strike Thursday morning.

Teamsters 991 and Coca-Cola United were in negotiations on a new labor contract, but were unable to come to an agreement, according to a press release from the company.

The union last went on strike in July 2008.

Despite the strike, facilities in Ocean Springs and throughout Alabama continue to operate, the press release said.

“Coca-Cola United has activated a business continuity plan to assure customers continue to receive the product delivery and service they expect,” it said.

The Gulfport plant, although owned by the same company, is not part of the strike.

Coca-Cola United has approximately 10,000 employees in more than 60 facilities across the Southeast.

Labor groups in Washington are gearing up for an unfavorable ruling this summer from the Supreme Court of the United States in the Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees case.

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