Maximus Coffee workers go on strike to protest pay, health benefits

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on October 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 10 at 6:00 PM

HOUSTON – Workers at a coffee plant in east Houston were protesting Thursday over pay and health benefits, saying they got a bad deal.

More than 200 union workers at Maximus Coffee walked off the job and onto a picket line because they were upset with the terms in a proposed contract their union has been negotiating since July.

After the protest began, supervisors were brought in on buses and a few temporary workers drove in; all to a rude reception.

“Hey don’t be like that! You gon’ let it be all in vain? Come on, man, you don’t need that money that bad! It’s not worth what you’re getting paid, I’m telling you. It’s not worth it. Come on, man! Traitor,” one protestor yelled.

In a statement, the company’s president said his group was prepared for the strike and did not expect it to last very long. He added that he is making significant efforts to reach a deal with the employees to end the strike, but the timetable to accomplish that was uncertain.

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