Seventeen U.S. senators have joined a coalition of AFL-CIO unions, including the IAM, to pressure snack maker Mondelez to reverse its devastating decision to shift production and jobs to Mexico.
In a letter to Mondelez International CEO Irene Rosenfeld, the senators expressed their deep concerns about the corporate giant’s decision to close many of its Nabisco plants and offshore jobs to Mexico, resulting in thousands of working people in the U.S. losing their jobs. Most recently, the company moved 600 jobs from its iconic Nabisco location on Chicago’s southwest side when workers would not take a 60 percent cut in wages and benefits.
“Taking such an egregious approach to negotiating with your own workforce, not only hurts Mondelez’s reputation, it also deals a major blow to hard working Americans, many of whom are your customers,” the senators said. “We urge you to reverse course and bring back jobs to your bakeries in Chicago, Fairlawn, NJ, Richmond, VA, Atlanta, GA and Portland, OR.”
The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) and the IAM represent workers laid off at the plant, which has been in operation since the 1950s.
A “Check the Label” campaign was initiated to help consumers determine where Nabisco products are made and to boycott those made in Mexico. With the additional support from so many legislators scorning Mondelez and Rosenfeld, pressure has risen on the corporation to bring back the good jobs it shipped to Mexico.
“Nabisco’s actions represent a full-on assault on the middle class,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The time has come for the U.S. and Canada to reinvest in our communities.”
“We extend our deepest gratitude to the 17 Senators who wrote and signed this letter for their principled commitment to preserving and creating good, middle-class jobs,” said BCTGM International President David Durkee.
“It is long past time for all corporations, including Mondelez, to end offshoring practices that foster an economic race to the bottom and put short-term profits ahead of American workers and their families,” the senators said.