As people of faith and conscience, who believe in social and community justice, we know that the true sense of community has to have at its core, economic justice for working people. Business, labor, religious leaders, community social organizations and elected officials must provide fertile ground for the creation, and the continuation, of strong, family sustaining employment. Robust communities, grounded in well-paying middle class jobs are the basis for healthy and thriving families, healthy environments, and flourishing neighborhoods free of crime, poverty, and hopelessness. Long-term equitable relationships between business, citizens, working families, and community and faith-based organizations are essential for the success of all communities.
Such success is based on these values and it is with that sense of social unity that we call upon Mondelēz/Nabisco to reassess its decision to send more than 600 jobs from its historic Chicago bakery to a plant in Salinas, Mexico.
Generations of families from this Southside Chicago community have produced Nabisco products for more than five decades and have helped make Mondelēz a $35 billion powerhouse in the global food industry. Not only will Nabisco’s decision to send these jobs from its plant in Chicago to Mexico impact over 600 hard working families in Chicago, it will also impact an estimated 1,200 to 1,800 spin-off jobs within the city.
By outsourcing this production to Mexico, Nabisco will not only destroy the economic balance within the city of Chicago, but it will also exploit Mexican workers who will be paid just dollars-per-hour for the same work that was able to sustain middle class families in Chicago.
Adding insult to injury, the Nabisco products manufactured cheaply in Mexico will be shipped back to the American consumer, including those in Chicago. Mondelēz/Nabisco wants the full participation of Americans in the purchasing of its products, but continues to make repeated moves to increasingly exclude Americans from participating in the production of its products. Such clearly depicts the unfair treatment by Mondelēz/Nabisco of the American worker and the communities in which they and their families live.