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    Pepsi union?

    Does anyone know if Pepsi is a union or not?



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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddyB View Post
    Does anyone know if Pepsi is a union or not?

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    I don't believe they are.

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    Pepsi is too broad a question. Pepsico is the parent company. they allow bottling companies around the world to bottle, package, and distribute Pepsi Cola. The largest Pepsi bottler in the world is Pepsi Bottling Group. A seperate company from Pepsico. Some locations are union and some aren't. I worked for PBG in NE FL for over 6 yrs. Jacksonville is not union. a couple of years ago they had a vote to install the union but is was overwhelmingly voted down. Other bottlers may be union. A lot of the ones in new england are union. but they're all independant bottlers even if it's PBG. You would have to check w/ wichever location you're interested, it may or may not be union.

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    Hard as hell.

    drive for Pepsi let me warn you, it is a hard job. You start off as a relief driver filling in for people who are absent, on vacation, when there is a lot of drinks going out you ride with a driver, or you ride alone on an extra route. You haul in drinks to muliple accounts through your day, the # of accounts and case load very each day. You are supposed to run in an assigned region of your city and neighboring cities. Listen, if you have 15 stores and 600 cases your day is going to be at least 12 hrs, but could be up to 14, 16 once a week. You are subject to DOT regulations for hos, why is the question since you clock in like a normal job, but at the end of your day you complete a log book. You can not clock in until 10 hrs after your previous shift. You will work in the heat, sun, cold, rain, and whatever else is thrown at you. To make it worse, if you are taking in 150 cases of 12 packs (2 12packs is one case, 150 cases is 300 12 packs) you will have to move COCA COLA'S display to another location, then put your 150 cases in its place. That may mean moving another 150 cases of your competitors' product, for which you are not paid, to put in your 150 cases. Then you will mostly be dogged out by the stores' owners if they disagree with the order in any way. You are the messenger (so to speak). Coke has a electric pallet jacks, you have a hand truck and a dolly. 18 cases of 12 packs fits on a hand truck, divide that by 150. that's how many trips you will make to the truck just to get they product in. You now have to build the display. If the warehouse guy that loaded your truck makes an error and shorts you a case of 20 ounces, you have to call and tell them, because you have to remove that case from the customer's order so they are not charged for something they didn't get, but if you don't call and them , you will be charged for the case. I, um, got carried away, I have more, but probably should stop now.
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    thanks nightbringer

    I used to work for a company similar to what you were saying about pepsico. I was not happy there and it sounds like I wont be happy at pepsi either. I took a local job with Bobs discount furniture as a Transfer driver. No touch freight, I am home every night, and the pay kicks but.
    thanks again for your feedback.

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    Looking back I see I didn't say much about Pepsi while I was There. I loved Pepsi! It was a great company. Excellent benefits. They contributed so much money towards your health benefits that if you're single and relatively healthy, the basic coverage costs would mean pepsi PAYED YOU a few hundred bucks a year. the diff between what they contributed and the cost of your coverage. I worked at a small satellite whse with about 25 employees. Great people and great job. I loved my job. however, route changes (3x in one yr) dropped my pay down about $200 a week and a new baby took my wife out of her school bus driving job. 200 a week now became 2000 a month less! I needed something different. Pepsi was a good company to work for. Hard work? Yes. Bad weather? yes. Working most holiday's? yes. But it's a solid company that is growing more every day. Pepsico owns Gatorade, Quaker foods, Tropicana, and a host of others. They're so far branched out of just soda that pepsi stock passed coke stock for the first time EVER a couple of years ago. My own financial situation that I put myself in forced a change or I'd still be there, pluggin' away.

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    I almost forgot, 18 cases of 12 packs at a time on a magliner? Dude, no wonder it took you 12 hours to empty your truck. I wouldn't move that thing with less than 50 or 60! Heavy, yes, but I didn't like making more trips than necessary. About 30 cases or so of 20 oz at a time too. If I was out 12 hrs it was 'cause I was talkin' more than I was workin'. And honestly I did entirely too much of that!

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    The plant I worked at was Pepsi-Americas in Milwaukee, WI, and they were teamster represented. I made good money and had killer benefits, but I moved on to a better union job. LIke these guys said, it is a physical job and you do work a lot of hours in the summer, but it is a decent gig if you want all local work.

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    My bad.

    Quote Originally Posted by paintballjock View Post
    I almost forgot, 18 cases of 12 packs at a time on a magliner? Dude, no wonder it took you 12 hours to empty your truck. I wouldn't move that thing with less than 50 or 60! Heavy, yes, but I didn't like making more trips than necessary. About 30 cases or so of 20 oz at a time too. If I was out 12 hrs it was 'cause I was talkin' more than I was workin'. And honestly I did entirely too much of that!
    18 cases on the stand up. About 50 on the lay-down, or magliner as you call it. Still, its a hell of a job and I don't relish being cussed out after rolling 200 cases.

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    I am trying to find out if anyone knows how much a relief driver makes, and how many hours they work usually. I was told you would fill in, but what do you do on days when there are no fill ins.

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