A Texas judge has ordered union members to stop placing stickers airing their grievances on jars of Mott’s apple juice and other beverages made by Mott’s parent company, Dr Pepper Snapple.
U.S. District Court Judge Jorge A. Solis ruled that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union was violating anti-tampering laws by placing its own labels on Mott’s products. Mott’s employees who belong to the union went on strike in May after negotiations for better pay and benefits broke down.
UFCW members had been going into grocery stores and affixing stickers to bottles of apple juice, as well as 7UP and Hawaiian Punch soft drinks. The stickers decried the company’s efforts to gain wage concessions while earning a $555 million profit last year. The union stickers were designed to completely cover legitimate product labels.