Unions: Philly soda tax would lead to job losses

June 14, 2011 10:02:30 AM PDT
Union leaders in Philadelphia say a proposed tax on soda and other sugary beverages would force hundreds to lose their jobs.

Mayor Michael Nutter is pushing a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary beverages to help prevent cuts in the city's cash-strapped school system. A similar plan was scrapped last year.

Union leaders, several City Council members and others rallied outside City Hall on Tuesday to protest the plan. Tractor-trailers bearing the names of various unions and beverage companies circled the historic building honking horns while several hundred protesters cheered.

They say the tax would double the cost of many soda products, from cases to 2-liter bottles, and force companies to pull out of the city.

City Council is scheduled to discuss the idea later this week.