The AFL-CIO has announced its endorsement of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union's boycott of Mexican-made Nabisco products as a result of the company's decision to move hundreds of Illinois jobs to a plant in Mexico.
BCTGM, which represents some 4,000 workers of Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, launched the Check the Label campaign as a means to push back against the company's ongoing outsourcing of American jobs to plants in Salinas and Monterrey, Mexico. The campaign is calling on consumers to check the label of Nabisco products and only buy snacks that are made in the U.S. as a means to "support middle-class American jobs."
Here is the AFL-CIO's full endorsement of the Check the Label campaign:
The AFL-CIO has approved your request to include Mondelez International on the list of AFL-CIO national boycotts. Specifically, the boycott will apply to all Mondelez International snack food products that are labeled 'Made in Mexico,' including Oreos, Newtons, Chips Ahoy, Honey Grahams, Animal Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Premium, Belvita, Lorna Doane, Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid, and Wheat Thins. In accordance with the policy on boycott endorsements adopted by the AFL-CIO Executive Council, the federation will maintain the "Made in Mexico" snack products of Mondelez International on its published boycott list for up to one year from the date of endorsement unless your union requests an earlier termination of the listing. At the end of the year, you may request to have the company included on the list for another 12 months.
The AFL-CIO and the AFL-CIO Union Label and Service Trades Department will post this product line to the list on their websites and Union Label Letter publication.
The bakery workers' union expressed their gratitude for the national AFL-CIO's support of the Nabisco boycott.
"BCTGM is proud to have the support of our 12.5 million Brothers and Sisters of the AFL-CIO who share our profound dismay that Nabisco/Mondelez is asking American workers to give up 60% of their wages and benefits - amounting to $46 million per year in perpetuity - or have their jobs shipped to Mexico," said David B. Durkee, BCTGM's international president. "The AFL-CIO's backing sends the strongest signal yet that American workers and consumers will not stand idly by while Americans lose their jobs. Most immediately, we believe that the endorsement lends substantial and sustainable support to our 'Check the Label' campaign, aimed at supporting American jobs by ensuring consumers' favorite Nabisco products are produced in America before purchasing."