AFL-CIO President Trumka Highlights Nabisco/Mondelez Worker During Major National Address

Posted by BCTGM - April 5, 2017 - AFL-CIO, Jobs, Mondelez - No Comments
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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave a major address before the National Press Club in Washington D.C., calling upon leaders of both parties to not only pursue an agenda that benefits working people across the country, but that strengthens the right of every American to negotiate for better wages and benefits.

As part of President Trumka’s formal address on American jobs, Nabisco/Mondelez worker Michael Smith was invited as a special guest. President Trumka urged action on behalf of American workers like Smith saying:

President Trump, do what’s right.  Stand with us.  Stand with Michael.  Stand with the Bakery Workers.  Bring the jobs home, protect our pensions and invest in America.

Check out President Trumka’s remarks about Michael Smith and the Chicago Nabisco workers:

 

We want to rebuild the ladder and change the rules of our economy for workers like Michael Smith.  Michael worked at the Oreo plant on the South Side of Chicago.  Yet Mondelez, the parent company of Nabisco, decided to move his job to Mexico.  And NAFTA helped pave the way.

Michael is with us today.  Please stand, Mike.  Thank you, brother.  The members of Mike’s union, the Bakery Workers, want to make Oreos in the United States.  This isn’t just about a few cookies.  That factory is an icon.  It was a place where you could make decent wages and raise a family, and this shouldn’t be a thing of the past.

Irene Rosenfeld, the CEO of Mondelez, makes over $9,000 an hour.  In that same hour, Nabisco workers in Mexico earn barely more than a dollar.  This is unacceptable.

President Trump, do what’s right.  Stand with us.  Stand with Michael.  Stand with the Bakery Workers.  Bring the jobs home, protect our pensions and invest in America.

Read President Trumka’s entire speech: Everyone Deserves To Be Able to Negotiate for Better Wages and Benefits

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AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka (left) met with former Nabisco/Mondelez worker Michael Smith (right) prior to the event at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Trumka vowed to continue highlighting the corporate greed and job destroying policies of Mondelez.