Cookie manufacturing giant Nabisco has chosen to invest $130 million more in its new $400 million plant in Salinas, Mexico, rather than invest that money in its historic bakery in Chicago. As a result, 600 workers in Chicago could lose their jobs and a predominately African-American and Latino community would be devastated. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union is conducting a comprehensive campaign to preserve these good union jobs.
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Mexican workplaces do not have the same food safety and environmental standards as companies based in the United States. Yet, the baked goods that will be made in Mexico will be sold and consumed here, including in the same Chicago neighborhood where they were once made.
Nabisco’s parent company, Mondelēz International, is a $35 billion dollar powerhouse in the global food industry. The national contract between Mondelēz and more than 2,000 of its 4,000 workers represented by BCTGM, including those at the Fairlawn, NJ, plant, expires on February 29.
You can follow the campaign by visiting the website www.fightforamericanjobs.org, Facebook at BCTGM Local 300 or Twitter @BCTGM_Nabisco.
BCTGM Local 300, which represents nearly 1,000 members at the Mondelēz Nabisco Bakery in Chicago, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging age and race discrimination on behalf of employees. More than 700 of the plant’s 950 bargaining unit members are over age 40 and more than 650 are African-American or Latino.
Thank you for supporting these workers who want to hold onto their jobs at Mondelēz Nabisco Bakery and not have their jobs outsourced to Mexico.