Mondelēz (Nabisco/Oreo)Will Be the First Solidarity Campaign
(San Antonio, March 14, 2017) – The AFL-CIO Executive Council came out of its annual winter meeting reinvigorated and reorganized around the principle that every worker deserves a good job and the power to determine their wages and working conditions. The federation will accomplish this through a new national good jobs campaign to call out corporations that ship jobs overseas; work toward renewed and expanded public investment in our schools, transportation, energy and communications systems; access to quality health care, including through Medicare and Medicaid; and a secure and dignified retirement for all workers.
The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers have been leading a campaign to keep Nabisco jobs in this country. It has called for an ongoing boycott to urge consumers to only buy Nabisco products that are made in the United States. The AFL-CIO and its 55 unions, representing more than 12.5 million members, agreed to rally behind these workers as a model for future good jobs solidarity campaigns. On March 23, the labor movement will launch a digital day of action, including a new digital tool that will help spread the solidarity campaign across the country. On that date one year ago, the company began laying off workers from its Chicago bakery and sending those jobs to Salinas, Mexico.
The federation also committed itself to working to enact the Miners Protection Act of 2017, which would provide essential health care benefits to retired coal miners whose companies have declared bankruptcy.