May 25, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Lincolnshire, IL – Protesting the company’s closing U.S. factories and moving jobs abroad, members and supporters of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union demonstrated outside Nabisco/Mondelēz’s annual shareholder meeting in this Chicago suburb May 17.
Meanwhile, union officials inside the meeting repeatedly questioned what they called the company’s “destructive business practices.” “Shouldn’t our company’s CEO pay be reasonable relative to all company employees?” asked BCTGM International Secretary-Treasurer Steve Bertelli, comparing Mondelēz CEO Irene Rosenfeld’s $16.7 million total compensation for 2016 with the roughly $1 an hour that workers get in Salinas, Mexico, where jobs eliminated at Nabisco’s Chicago plant were moved. “Why not treat your workers fairly and improve the company’s reputation in the communities it operates?” asked Local 300 member Anthony Jackson, one of the Chicago workers laid off. Mark Lauritsen, international vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, argued for an AFL-CIO shareholder proposal that urged the company to form a labor-management committee to seek alternatives to plant closings, saying they have left Mondelēz workers around the world “demoralized and worried about the future direction of the company.” Read more