Susan Ivey Denies Production to Move to Mexico

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Susan Ivey Denies Production to Move to Mexico

At the Reynolds American annual shareholders meeting on May 3rd, dozens of workers and union supporters handed out flyers to shareholders informing them that Reynolds management had made threats to move production to Mexico if workers voted to unionize. Read the letter to Reynolds American Shareholders.

Inside the meeting, Reynolds worker Charles Sapp questioned CEO Susan Ivey about these threats.

As a proud worker at Reynolds I find it disturbing that the Company is threatening its workers that it will move production OUT of Winston-Salem, where we have been producing tobacco products for over a century, and relocate to Mexico or Puerto Rico if Reynolds workers vote to unionize. Not only is this a violation of federal law and international codes of conduct, it is also a slap in the face to every citizen of Winston-Salem.  If these threats are true, where in Mexico or Puerto Rico would these products be produced since we do not own production facilities in either country? Or do we, and you are just not reporting it to the Securities and Exchange Commission or your shareholders?

Ivey’s Response?  She was “confident” that none of her management had made such threats. In addition, she proclaimed that there were absolutely no plans to move production to Mexico or Puerto Rico.