April 25, 2016
Make sure your Oreo cookies came from an American factory
In July 2015, Oreo cookie manufacturer Nabisco announced it would invest an additional $130 million in its new $400 million plant in Salinas, Mexico, rather than investing that money in its iconic American factory in Chicago. As a result, 600 workers in Chicago will lose their jobs and an entire community will be devastated. The union workers at the Chicago Nabisco bakery have been producing baked goods such as Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies and Ritz and Premium crackers for more than 50 years.
Outsourcing manufacturing jobs that support middle class families is a concerning and growing trend. In February, a video of workers at an air conditioning factory went viral, showing just how devastating the loss of jobs is to employees. Automobile factories have exclusively gone to countries like Mexico instead of the U.S. for the last 6 years. So why is Mexico such a popular destination for manufacturing? The primary reason is the low wages and poor working conditions. Companies like Nabisco do not have to worry about the costs associated with safety regulations or training for dangerous equipment.
The Alliance for Retired Americans is supporting the affected Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union (BCTGM) workers. They refused to accept $46 million in annual concessions, in perpetuity – something the company asked of no other bakery. The Alliance is asking Nabisco to reconsider its decision.
While 600 jobs are moving to Mexico, there is still a plant located in Chicago that makes Oreo cookies. You can watch and share this video to learn how to tell if the Nabisco products in your store are made in the United States or Mexico before you buy them. Please check before you buy! Just this one small action can help show your support for made in USA products.
Protect American jobs. Say NO to outsourced Oreos from Mexico!