RWDSU Local 220 Victory at Mott’s
By Neal Tepel
September 21, 2010
Members of RWDSU Local 220 at the Mott’s plant in Williamson NY voted to accept a new contract and to end their strike against Mott's. Among the provisions of the new agreement are restored wage levels and the continuation of the pension plan. The Mott’s workers had returned to work September 20, 2010, on what would have been the 121st day of the strike. The workers went on strike on May 23, 2010.
The striking workers stood up for working people both in their community and nationally. These employees obtained support from a wide variety of union leaders and elected officials including AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes, presidents of numerous International Unions, the entire New York State Democratic Congressional delegation and many NY elected officials, members of the Canadian Parliament, and unions and union federations from around the world. The strike was the subject of national news coverage from the CBS Evening News to PBS NEWSHOUR.
"Not a day went by without people stopping by to drop off a financial or food donation for the strike fund. The International, National and local community supported us thoroughly, and the RWDSU and Local 220 members want to share their thanks," said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the RWDSU. "The RWDSU members at Mott's have a message for working people everywhere: Stand up for what you believe in, and stay united."