KENSINGTON, Md., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), which represents nearly 4,000 members at Mondelēz International, maker of Nabisco snack products, announced its "Check the Label" campaign has expanded its concentration to colleges and universities around the country, where it will continue to educate American consumers about the merits of rejecting Mexican-made Nabisco products and, instead, buying those that are produced in America in support of middle-class American jobs. The boycott started as a response to the decision by Mondelēz International, maker of Nabisco snack products, to outsource the production of Oreos from Chicago to Salinas, Mexico, leaving hundreds of Americans without work.
"Focusing our boycott education initiatives on colleges and universities all over the country will allow us to reach an additional 20 million American consumers across 5,000 higher education institutions through events, rallies, social media outreach and more," said BCTGM International President David B. Durkee. "College campuses are brimming with not only loyal Nabisco customers, but also passionate student activists who are eager to make a difference in the world around them and also invest in their own future as part of the American workforce. Exploitation of working people everywhere as a result of unfair trade deals or virtually non-existent human rights protections in the countries these corporations seek out for their sources of production result in the manifestation of gluttonous corporate greed as exhibited in CEO pay. It is an unsustainable business model that leads to a global economic catastrophe for millions of workers in every country and every community where this is played out. The expanded boycott effort will elevate the campaign to an even higher status by arming students and faculty with the idea that a simple label check on their favorite Nabisco products can send a powerful message in support of American jobs and products by rejecting those made at poverty-level wages and in unregulated work conditions."
Consumers can continue to support the "Check the Label" Campaign in several ways:
- Check the Label: There are two ways to know if your Nabisco snacks are made in the U.S. or Mexico:
- Check for the words "Made in Mexico" under the ingredient list.
- Check the plant identification code, which is part of the expiration date code: do not buy if the initials "MM" or "MS" are listed (see visual in English and Spanish for more details). The initials AE, AH, AP, AX, AZ and XL all indicate American-made products.
- Tell your grocery or convenience store manager to only stock American-made Nabisco products.
The National contract between Mondelēz International and over 2,000 of its 4,000 workers represented by the BCTGM, expired on February 29, 2016. BCTGM continues to be resolute in its commitment to securing a quality contract for its members – one that is in the very best interests of all members and their families today and into the future.
Ron Baker, BCTGM Strategic Campaign Coordinator
Jeana Foxman, Perry Street Communications
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SOURCE Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union