Representatives from the Interfaith Workers Justice (IWJ), along with workers’ rights activists from FLOC, Texas AFL-CIO and others, took their six-city investigation into Mondelēz International to Monterrey, Mexico on Monday to speak with workers there and deliver a powerful message on behalf of the BCTGM Nabisco 600.
A press conference from the Telephone Workers Union hall in Monterrey launched the day of action, with Anthony Jackson, Local 300 member and former Nabisco worker, conveying a statement on behalf of the Nabisco 600 via live Skype video call from Chicago.
Other speakers included Reverend Ronnie Lister, the IWJ liaison to the Gulf Coast AFL-CIO and the founder of the International Center for Spiritual and Social Activism.
Following the press conference, the delegation drove from Monterrey to the Nabisco/Mondelēz bakery in Salinas Victoria and attempted to deliver a letter from IWJ to the plant manager Ramon Mata. While the group managed to get inside the complex and talk to Mata, he would not accept the letter. He made a phone call to the Mondelēz Office of Latin American Operations where another call was made to the CEO’s office in Deerfield, Ill. Mata was told that he could not receive the letter.
The delegation drove back to the Telephone Workers Union hall in Monterrey and began a bi-national forum where activists and leaders from the labor, faith, and community gathered to discuss the exploitation of American and Mexican workers by Mondelēz.
BCTGM International Assistant to the Strategic Campaign Coordinator Nate Zeff delivered greetings on behalf of BCTGM International President David Durkee via video call. Zeff thanked the IWJ representatives for leading the powerful and important international investigation of the destructive Mondelēz/Nabisco business practices, including the outsourcing and elimination of American jobs and the exploitation of workers on both sides of the border.
Forum speakers included Laura Barrett from IWJ, Leticia Zavala from FLOC, and the Secretary Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO, Monserrat Garibay, and numerous leaders from the communities where the Mexican Nabisco workers work and live.