On February 5, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sent a letter to BCTGM International President David Durkee praising the Union’s efforts to protect the jobs of Local 300 workers at the Chicago Mondelēz/Nabisco bakery. Trumka also pledged the support “of the twelve and a half million members of the AFL-CIO.”
“I would like to express our support for the work you and your members are engaged in to protect the jobs of over 600 hard-working Americans at the Nabisco Bakery.
You and your members are taking a heroic stand against corporate greed. On behalf of the twelve and a half million members of the AFL-CIO, I want to let you know that we stand in solidarity with you in this fight with Mondelēz.
We must stand up to Mondelēz’s corporate greed, as it knows no borders. Mondelēz’s profits have not trickled down to the wages of working people. Today their short-term savings are on the backs of BCTGM Local 300 members; tomorrow it will be on the backs of our brothers and sisters in Mexico. Their model is to exploit the less organized and more vulnerable.
It is imperative that workers organize to force Mondelēz to respect the rights of working people everywhere. We applaud BCTGM for its leadership and support the work you have done with the global labor movement. We are standing with you.”