Union vote at Fort Worth Coca-Cola plant

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Posted on September 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 10:04 AM

FORT WORTH — More than 400 workers at Fort Worth's Coca-Cola bottling plant will decide Wednesday whether to unionize the facility.

All shifts will get a chance to cast a ballot starting at 4 a.m.

"We are trying to better our wages and get some job security and just make it a better place to work... make it not just a job, but a career," said union supporter Gary Smitherman, who has worked at the facility for 13 years.

The Coca-Cola Company, based in Atlanta, said it respects its employees' right to chose whether they want union representation.

A "yes" vote would make the plant Coke's only unionized facility in the South.

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