Grammy award winning singer/songwriter and Texas native Steve Earle has vowed to stop drinking Dr Pepper until the Dr Pepper Snapple give its Mott's workers in Williamson, NY a fair contract. Up until now he has been an extremely enthusiastic drinker of Diet Dr Pepper in particular and it has been in his concert rider that the soda is stocked in his dressing room at all of his performances. He is going to immediately remove that clause from his rider.
"I'm from Texas and I've been drinking DP every day since I was 10 years old but I won't touch another drop until these folks get a fair contract," Mr. Earle said.
Take a moment to visit Steve Earle's Facebook page and thank him for taking a stand against corporate greed and standing in solidarity with the 300 RWDSU/UFCW Local 220* members who were forced out on strike by Mott's on May 23.
The striking workers are thrilled to have Mr. Earle's support. "It is a real honor as a striker and a big fan to have the support of Steve Earle. We know that when people find out about what Mott's did to us up here, they will follow Mr. Earle's example and will choose different beverages until DPS bargains a fair contract," said Charlie Mattice, a Mott's striker and country singer/songwriter himself.
Speaking of Charlie, here he is playing his original song about the Mott's strike, entitled, "Every thing is fine on the picket line."