May 1, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
Washington DC — AFL-CIO is instituting a nationwide consumer boycott of Nabisco snack products made in Mexico. The "Check the Label" campaign was launched to stop Nabisco/Mondelēz from continuing to outsource jobs to Mexico. American consumers are urged to reject Mexican-made Nabisco products and, instead, buy those that are produced in America in support of middle-class American jobs. The entire labor movement is disappointed at the national governments inability to stop American jobs from leaving the USA.
David B. Durkee, BCTGM's International President, stated, "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/Mondelēz 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. 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."
BCTGM launched the "Check the Label" campaign after Nabisco/Mondelēz closed numerous U.S. production facilities, costing many hundreds of American jobs, while at the same time expanding production in its facilities in Monterrey and Salinas, Mexico, where pay is so low that the minimum wage is measured by the day, not the hour. BCTGM is sending teams of the laid-off workers around the country, focusing on large urban areas, to enhance support for the boycott and continue to expand its coalition.