KENSINGTON, Md., March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), which represents thousands of members at Mondelez International, maker of Nabisco snack products, today announced that the AFL-CIO Executive Council has reinvigorated its boycott against Nabisco products made in Mexico. Specifically, the AFL-CIO and its 55 unions, representing more than 12.5 million members, has agreed to rally behind BCTGM's workers as a model for future "Good Jobs" solidarity campaigns and further agreed to call out corporations that ship jobs overseas.
"This unanimous affirmation of support by the AFL-CIO and the entire AFL-CIO Executive Council for the BCTGM's campaign opens up tremendous avenues to further build on the already broad-based support that the BCTGM's Mondelez/Nabisco Campaign has seen develop and spring to life in the last 18 months. This campaign has encapsulated hope for the fears and economic devastation of workers who have been abandoned by corporations like Mondelez/Nabisco and its one-sided profit-regardless-of-human-suffering business model. People from all over the country and the world, regardless of their political persuasions or their wide array of social points of view have coalesced around this campaign's message; stopping the economic and associated social destruction of families and communities by this corporate profiteer. This campaign is succeeding in doing just that," said David Durkee BCTGM International President. "The AFL-CIO is the preeminent voice and advocate. We are proud and energized to have earned their support and the support of their affiliate bodies across the United States in our fight to keep jobs in the US. We have begun to immediately integrate the vast resources now available to us via this renewed broad-based alliance to double-down on this campaign's already vigorous capabilities and commitment to save American jobs. Mondelez/Nabisco should take this new unprecedented development very seriously and begin to address the critical issues that are at the crux of our campaign and to do so in the short term."
After the layoff of 600 workers in Nabisco's Chicago plant in March 2016, BCTGM started their "Check the Label" campaign, which expanded to college campuses in November. The campaign aims to educate American consumers about the merits of rejecting Nabisco products made in Mexico to end the corporate race to the bottom that treats workers in America and in Mexico with disrespect and without regard to the financial well-being of their families and their communities.
The National contract between Nabisco's parent company, Mondelez International and over 2,000 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 in the future.
Ron Baker, BCTGM Strategic Campaign Coordinator
SOURCE Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union