August 30, 2021
Nabisco Workers Go On Strike in Five States to Fight Offshoring, Preserve Pension Benefits
Nabisco employees, represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) are on strike to protest offshoring of jobs to Mexico as well as requiring 10-hour workdays without overtime pay. Workers are also demanding that Nabisco’s parent corporation, Mondelez International, restore employee pensions that were cut and replaced with a 401(k) plan three years ago.
The strike began with a walkout on August 10 in Portland, OR, and has since expanded to include workers in Aurora, CO, Richmond, VA, Chicago, IL, and Norcross, GA. Union employees in all five states have worked under the same contract that expired in May. BCTGM leadership argues that Mondelez International is making record profits but still trying to wring more hours from staffers who are already overworked and in understaffed production plants.
“We stand in solidarity with all the Nabisco workers who are currently on strike. All working Americans should be able to receive the benefits they’ve earned and bargained for,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. “Mondelez’s workers have worked through the pandemic, and the corporation promoted these employees as heroes while they made record profits. These workers deserve far better than harsh and unsustainable work schedules and fewer jobs.”