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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue May 17, 2016

Nabisco Workers To Protest Chicago Layoffs, Offshoring At Mondelez's Shareholders Meeting

Current and former Chicago Nabisco bakery workers and their supporters are set to protest Wednesday morning at Mondelez International's annual shareholders meeting in Lincolnshire. The workers are targeting the company over its decision to lay off 600 Chicago Nabisco bakery employees as it moves some production work to Mexico. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Mar 23, 2016

Laid Off Chicago Bakery Workers, Union Leaders Prepare To Escalate Nabisco Boycott Campaign (VIDEO)

Laid off Chicago Nabisco bakery workers and their union leaders say they aren't done fighting to protect American jobs from being shipped to Mexico. They protested Wednesday outside the bakery and detailed next steps for their Nabisco consumer boycott campaign. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Mar 10, 2016

Chicago Nabisco Bakery Workers Rally Against Layoffs, Offshoring Of American Jobs (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

Chicago Nabisco bakery workers protested Thursday against Mondelez International's plans to move hundreds of local jobs to Mexico.

Quick Hit
by Michael Joyce
Mon Feb 22, 2016

Candlelight Vigil Held For Several Hundred Jobs Lost & In Peril In Chicago

A warm atmosphere contrasted the cold weather as demonstrators gathered to chant, cheer, and shout in defiance of Mondelez International, one of the world's largest snack companies, Sunday evening.

At times it was difficult to hear the organizers speaking over the sounds of the crowd cheering and passing cars beeping on the corner of 73rd and Kedzie Ave., where a candlelight vigil was held directly across the street from the Nabisco factory, which is owned by Mondelez International.

Last year, Mondelez told employees that the company would be relocating much of the production work to Salinas, Mexico.

So far 227 employees have received layoff notices as a result of the company closing nine of the bakery's sixteen production lines. Additionally, Mondelez is contemplating the opening of four new lines in Mexico, which would result in a total loss of 600 jobs in Chicago.

Barbara Cimbalista, an employee of Mondelez International, says she was told by management that if they want to keep their jobs, they need to be able to compete with Mexico.

"I said, 'how do you expect us to compete with Mexico when they get $3 an hour, and we get $25 an hour,'" asked Cimbalista. "They said cut wages and benefits. I said 'no, I don't think so.'"

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Aug 20, 2013

Bakery Workers Blast Clyde’s Delicious Donuts Over Plan To Pull Pension Fund (VIDEO)

Workers at Clyde’s Delicious Donuts say they are outraged that the company plans to withdraw from its employees' pension fund and move workers into a 401K-style plan starting this September.

About 20 workers and their allies protested outside the bakery’s Addison facility demanding that the company continue its pension contribution so workers do not lose their benefits. They also called on Clyde’s to offer better wages for its temporary workers and allow them to be part of the collective bargaining agreement.

Donald Woods, president of the Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Workers And Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 1, which represents many of the Clyde’s workers, said the bakery employees have been in contract negotiations with the company for the past eight months. Although there has been some progress made at the negotiating table, the workers are not happy about the company’s plan to withdraw from the pension fund, which would mean at least a $300 per-month reduction in pension benefits for each of the workers.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
Fri Nov 16, 2012

Hostess To Shut Down, More Than 1,400 Illinoisans To Lose Jobs


The Hostess Brands company is going out of business, closing down operations at its plants across the country. Some 1,415 workers in Illinois are set to lose their jobs as a result of the baked goods company's closure. There are three Hostess facilities in Illinois, located in Peoria, Schiller Park and Hodgkins.

“It’s a very sad day because there’s lots of history there,” Donald Woods, president of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Local 1 union that represents 500 Hostess workers in Illinois, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We have members who’ve had 40 years there. ... Their dream was working there and retire there.”

More than 18,000 workers nationwide are set to lose their jobs as a result of the company's move to shutter its doors.