KENSINGTON, Md., March 8, 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- released a public education campaign encouraging Americans to "Check the Label" to support American jobs by ensuring their favorite Nabisco products are produced in America before purchasing.
In recent years, Mondelēz has closed numerous U.S. production facilities costing many hundreds of American jobs while at the same time expanding production in its facilities in Monterrey and Salinas, Mexico, where low wages and minimal regulatory standards and oversight persist. American workers have dedicated decades to fuel the company's financial success and global appeal of products including Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Ritz and Premium crackers, but have seen that work rewarded with the displacement of their jobs across the border. In other words, the company wants Americans to continue to purchase its Nabisco products, but it isn't interested in Americans making the products.
"Our members take great pride in producing these iconic products that have been a part of millions of Americans' lives for over 50 years, and our hope is that consumers will show their support of products proudly Made in America," stated BCTGM International President David Durkee. "Through a simple label check, together we 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. This campaign is designed to begin to turn the tables on corporate bad actors who have turned their backs on the American worker. We thank our fellow consumers for joining us in making a statement with their wallets."
Consumers can support American workers 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 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.
- Show your support at www.FightForAmericanJobs.org.
- A Spanish version of the visual is available here.