Letter from U.S. Senators to Mondelez CEO, Irene Rosenfeld, coupled with new faith-based initiatives, signals support at highest levels for BCTGM’s ongoing campaign to save American jobs
KENSINGTON, Md., June 13, 2017– 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 commended 17 U.S. Senators for a strong letter sent to Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Mondelez International, calling on the company to bring back good American jobs it has shipped to Mexico. The letter calls attention to the company’s decision to close many of its Nabisco plants and offshore jobs to Mexico, resulting in thousands of American workers losing their jobs. The Senators urge Ms. Rosenfeld to bring back jobs, invest in U.S. workers and end, “offshoring practices that foster an economic race to the bottom and put short-term profits ahead of American workers and their families.” The letter in its entirety can be found here.
David B. Durkee, BCTGM’s International President, commented, “We extend our deepest gratitude to the 17 Senators who wrote and signed this letter for their principled commitment to preserving and creating good, middle-class jobs for American workers. Their action is a powerful statement and adds to the growing political, social and community-based support this campaign is generating across the country and around the globe to challenge Mondelez/Nabisco’s corrosive business model that exploits workers and their communities across borders and oceans. We trust Ms. Rosenfeld hears the message and acts in the best interest of Mondelez’s employees and the country.”
In a related development that underscores the breadth and depth of the BCTGM’s campaign, the Union announced that it is engaged with faith-based, cross-denominational organizations to bring to the forefront those U.S. consumers who value moral and ethical standards in the corporate community. “This campaign against Nabisco/Mondelez has bored deeply into the consciousness of millions of workers and their families in the U.S. and other countries and has shed a bright light on the severe economic and social hardships brought upon working families and their communities by the Nabisco/Mondelez business model,” Durkee stated. “The moral clarity vocalized by the leaders of the faith-based community across this country and into Mexico will further expose the fundamental hollowness of this business model,” Durkee went on to say.