When it comes to outsourcing the jobs of hard-working Americans, the motto of Mondelez International, (the maker of Nabisco snack products, like Oreos, Chips Ahoy and Ritz Crackers) seems to be "that's just the way the cookie crumbles."
Over the past 20 years, hundreds of Americans lost their jobs when Mondelez International shut down production factories in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, and Canada in favor of opening operations in Mexico where they could get away with paying their workers incredibly low wages. And now, it wants to take the production of iconic American cookies and crackers from Chicago to Mexico, eliminating 600 people's jobs in the process.
That’s why the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), which represents nearly 4,000 members at the company, launched a campaign called “Check the Label” that encourages Americans to support American jobs by buying only snack products that are produced in the United States.
Standing in solidarity with the workers, AFGE’s National Executive Council recently passed a resolution to support our BCTGM sisters and brothers in their campaign to preserve good-paying American jobs.
“AFGE encourages all of our members and staff to “Check the Label” and only purchase Nabisco products that are made in America, and ask their grocery or convenience store managers to only stock American-made Nabisco products,” the NEC said in the resolution.
BCTGM is taking their campaign on the road in the form of a national tour to raise awareness and expose the company's greed. Check out their National Tour of the Nabisco 600 schedule here.
For more information about the boycott, check out the campaign's website here.