May 17 is the Mondelez Shareholders Meeting in Lincolnshire, Ill. (25 miles north of Chicago). BCTGM Nabisco/Mondelez workers, BCTGM local unions, supporters and activists from other AFL-CIO affiliates will be gathering outside of the meeting for a large protest rally.
In July 2015, Nabisco (Mondelez) announced it had decided to invest $130 million in a plant in Salinas, Mexico, instead of investing it in its iconic Southside Chicago Nabisco bakery. Mondelez called on the workers, represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union, to come up with $46 million in annual savings (in perpetuity) at the Chicago facility for the company, or it would take the $130 million planned investment to its Salinas, Mexico bakery.
In order for the union members to generate $46 million in annual savings, they would have to take a wage and benefit cut of $22 to $29 per hour every year. The company announced it will move nine product lines to the Salinas bakery, which will result in the loss of 600 good paying Chicago jobs. The BCTGM continues to fight the company's decision to export the union jobs.
The UAW has announced its support of the BCTGM International Union's boycott of Mexican-made Nabisco products as a result of the company's decision to move hundreds of Illinois jobs to a plant in Mexico.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Like BCTGM Local 300 on Facebook and follow BCTGM International Union there, too. While you're there, leave them a message of support. You can also get updates on Twitter by following @BCTGM_Nabisco. You should also check out their webpage at fightforamericanjobs.org.