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Coors employees reject union representation.

The latest occurrence in the long dispute between Adolph Coors Co. and organized labor was an election at the company's Golden, co, brewery in which the employees decisively rejected representation by the Teamsters. The tally was 1,081 votes against union representation and 413 in favor.

David Laughton, director of the union's Brewery and Soft Drink Worker Conference, said the organizing campaign was initiated in response to requests from Coors employees and "if we come back again, it will be in response to their [future activity]." Laughton said he was satisfied with the fairness of the organizing contest and election and that organized labor would not resume its boycott of Coors' products.

In August 1987, the AFL-CIO and Coors had negotiated an end to the 10-year-old boycott campaign in return for company assurances that Coors employees would be allowed "to freely choose union representation or refrain from doing so." Following the Teamsters reaffiliation with the AFL-CIO later in the year, an arbitrator selected the Teamsters for the organizing role from among several competing member unions. The Coors employees had been represented by an AFL-CIO affiliated local union until 1977, when it was ousted in a representation election following a collective bargaining impasse.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Apr 1, 1989
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