Following a request for support of Nabisco-Mondelēz workers that was sent to the Vatican’s Peace and Justice Office by the General Secretary of the International Union of Food Workers (IUF), faith leaders from throughout North America are escalating the call for fairness.
On April 27, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, N.J, sent a letter to Mondelēz CEO Dirk Van de Put expressing his dismay that the core of the dispute is the company’s uncompromising position to abandon its commitment to the workers’ pension, and he urges the CEO to reconsider that destructive position.
“I am asking you to consider all alternatives before your company takes any action that would have a destructive social or economic impact on your former or current employees’ standard of living and retirement security,” wrote Cardinal Tobin.
“As Archbishop of Newark, I am committed to working with the parties to secure a mutually acceptable outcome to this dispute. This issue has also been recently addressed on a global level with communication to the Vatican’s Peace and Justice Office. I know that a meaningful discussion by the principals can lead to a successful outcome.”
The Cardinal added that the Catholic Church in the United States has been engaged for more than a year in supporting Nabisco-Mondelēz workers and their families as the dispute and the threat of moving jobs across the U.S.-Mexico border continues.
The Cardinal asks Van de Put to meet with BCTGM International President David Durkee to begin productive discussions. Furthermore, the Cardinal offers to serve as intermediary to facilitate this meeting.
“In the interest of resolving this issue in a manner that enhances the job and retirement security of your employees, I am calling on you to engage directly and personally with the President of the BCTGM International Union through a dialogue that creates a constructive path which positions both parties for success and future cooperative efforts resulting in a new collective bargaining agreement that is fair to both parties.”
The BCTGM awaits a response from Van de Put as more than 130 leaders from throughout the U.S. prepare to deliver an open letter urging economic justice for Nabisco workers during the May 16 Mondelēz shareholders meeting in Lincolnshire, Ill.
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