Nabisco workers from across the country gathered outside the Lincolnshire, Ill. site of the annual Mondelēz International shareholders meeting Wednesday morning, to hold a large rally in protest of the company’s continued outsourcing of jobs, disregard of American workers and communities.
“This is OUR time to fight back! To let the CEO, shareholders and board of directors hear OUR VOICE!” proclaimed laid-off Nabisco worker Anthony Jackson in his greeting to the assembled crowd. Jackson is a member of Local 300 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco & Grain Millers Union.
The spirited event was led by BCTGM Strategic Campaign Coordinator Ron Baker and also included remarks by laid-off Nabisco worker Michael Smith.
BCTGM union members who gathered for the Nabisco/Mondelēz shareholder rally traveled from near and far. Among those joining Local 300 Nabisco workers in Lincolnshire were members of Locals 1 (Chicago), 253(Cincinnati, Ohio), 719 (Fairlawn, N.J.), 358 (Richmond, Va.), 22 (Twin Cities, Minn.), 13G (Hastings, Minn.), 70 (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 111 (Dallas), 3G (Battle Creek, Mich.), 42 (Atlanta), and 342 (Bloomington, Ill.).
Union members from the UAW, Steelworkers, APWU, AFSCME, UFCW, LIUNA, Bricklayers and representatives from the Chicago State labor Federation and area Labor Councils also participated in the event.
BCTGM International President David Durkee, International Secretary-Treasurer Steve Bertelli, International Vice President Jethro Head, Assistant to the President Harry Kaiser, AFL-CIO Office of Investment Deputy Director Brandon Rees, and Local 300 member Anthony Jackson departed the rally to attend the Nabisco/Mondelēz shareholder meeting.
Reprinted from the Nabisco 600 website, www.fightforamericanjobs.org