Teamsters Urge Philly City Council To Repeal Soda Tax

Law360, New York (October 20, 2017, 3:05 PM EDT) -- A group of Philadelphia Teamsters on Thursday pressed local lawmakers to scrap the city's controversial sweetened beverage tax, arguing that the measure had put industry workers out of jobs as the demand for soda products declined.

Gathering outside Philadelphia's City Hall, Teamsters from the city and surrounding areas rallied Thursday morning against the city's 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax, which was approved by Philadelphia City Council in June 2016 and went into effect in January.

According to a statement issued from one Philadelphia branch of the labor union — which represents drivers, mechanics, warehouse workers and merchandisers in soft drink production facilities — the...

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