[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n July 10, workers and supporters took to the streets in protest of Hinckley Springs, a popular bottled water company native to the Midwest. The crowd gathered outside the Hinckley Springs Water factory on Harlem Avenue in opposition to the company’s refusal to amend or negotiate a new contract for its workers. Employees have been battling for a new contract and higher wages for two years with no budging from Hinckley Springs.
The company has a few locations throughout Illinois, including one in Chicago on Harlem Avenue and two others in Arlington Heights and Frankfort, respectively.
“We are out there today with teamsters, employees, truck drivers. These workers are not able to feed their families. Their houses are down for foreclosure. My friends have bills and they are frustrated because there is no luck and this is affecting their lives,” explained local activist Raul Montes.
In an effort to tread on—despite the protests and complaints of its workers—Hinckley Springs hired non-union workers and has paid them roughly 14 percent higher wages than regular union drivers, stated Montes in an official press release.
Teamsters 710 represents the production workers and drivers at the local Hinckley Springs plant. They have decided that enough is enough.
“Hinckley Springs is already trying to hire new employees and break the union to avoid meeting our demands. We cannot just allow that,” continued Montes.
Last year alone, Hinckley Springs raked in $932 million from deliveries and sales in the Midwest.
“We need to keep on putting pressure and we cannot give up. We cannot stop because we need this company to be more considerate of its employees,” said Montes.
Thursday’s protest also included Teamsters Union 710 representatives helping sign up individuals for Obamacare and Link cards as a result of the financial distress many employees are facing.