Workers at US Nabisco Bakeries on strike
Due to the strike at three Nabisco bakeries in the US, the supply of Oreo, Chips Ahoy cookies, and Ritz Crackers may be affected. Hundreds of employees have gone on strike. They are protesting against introduced changes for their working conditions and health care benefits. The union leaders called the strike amid negotiations with the parent company Mondelez International.
All the strike participants are associated with major Bakeries, Confectioneries, and members of Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union.
Who’s on Strike
About 200 employees at a workshop in Portland, Oregon, were already on strike for a half month then a sales distribution center joined in Aurora, Colorado, also, on 12th Aug. Later, more than 400 workers joined them on Monday at Nabisco’s confectionery house in Richmond, Virginia. And now, on 19th August, employees at the Chicago bakery also participated in the strike. All these employees are workers at central bakeries, Confectioneries. Grain Millers International Union called for the Chicago hit on Thursday.
What Union Leaders Say
Most individuals have been at home during the pandemic, and therefore, there is a high demand for snacks, and the food industry did extraordinarily well. The union members said that the parent company Mondelez reported significant profits, and they want to thank their employees. But they are closing two of the U.S. bakeries and told to make concessions, which is unfair. They make a lot of money with our support. It is very disappointing.
The union is negotiating for the terms for the renewal of a four-year contract with Mondelez. The previous agreement expired in the month of May. As per Union members, the company Mondelez is looking to switch the working hours from 8-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts, from three or four to five days a week, without overtime pay. They are asking for mandatory extra work also on weekends.
Mondelez also dropped pensions three years back and shifted their workers to 401(k) plans.