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The 600 People Whose Jobs Nabisco/Mondelez Wants to Cut

In July 2015, Mondelēz International announced it had chosen to invest $130 million in its new Salinas, Mexico, plant instead of investing in its iconic Nabisco bakery in Chicago. As a result, 600 workers at the South Side Chicago bakery could lose their jobs as the product lines are sent to Mexico. The union workers at the Chicago Nabisco bakery have been producing high-quality baked goods such as Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, and Ritz and Premium crackers for more than 50 years. These hardworking Chicagoans, as well as others in the Nabisco/Mondelēz production network across the country, have dedicated decades of their working lives to fuel the company’s financial success and global appeal. But their dedication and commitment to building these iconic brands is being rewarded with callous disregard and the displacement of their jobs to unregulated areas of the world with labor forces that work for poverty wages.

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Trade Deals Like TPP Encourage 'Business Decisions' Like This Heartbreaking One from Indianapolis

Trade Deals Like TPP Encourage 'Business Decisions' Like This Heartbreaking One from Indianapolis

In this video, workers at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis react to the company announcing that it will ship 1,400 local jobs to Mexico in what they described as "strictly a business decision." You can hear the heartbreak and outrage in the voices of the workers who must now scramble to figure out how to take care of their families. Carrier makes heating, air conditioning, ventilation and other systems. The layoffs are scheduled to begin in 2017.

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NLRB Judge Rules Walmart Wrongly Fired Strikers

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An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. Walmart claimed that the workers' actions were not protected under the National Labor Relations Act and that it was legitimate to fire the employees for violating the company's attendance policy. Judge Geoffrey Carter ruled against Walmart.

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International Food Workers Show Solidarity with Chicago Nabisco Workers

Photo courtesy Eric Allix Rogers on Flickr

The International Union of Food Workers (IUF) and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) have affirmed their solidarity with employees of Mondelēz International, the maker of Nabisco products, around the world. The state of Illinois has given Nabisco/Mondelēz millions of dollars in public assistance and tax breaks. BCTGM represents some 4,000 Mondelēz workers. The company has asked for massive concessions from employees that BCTGM says would amount to lost wages and benefits of $22–$29 per hour, per employee, and would lead to hundreds of lost jobs. In July, the company moved hundreds of jobs from Chicago to Mexico, jobs that were mostly held by African American and Latino workers before the move. They are represented by BCTGM Local 300 in Chicago. Most of them are also over the age of 40, a surprisingly disproportionate targeting of experienced and valuable employees.

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Menards Is Rewriting the Book on Anti-Worker Tactics

Menards Is Rewriting the Book on Anti-Worker Tactics

We thought we'd seen everything in the book of tricks used by management to prevent workers from organizing on the job, but Wisconsin-based home improvement chain Menards is going above and beyond. The employment agreement for managers at the chain threatens managers with a 60% pay cut if a union forms under their supervision.

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AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund Aims to Stop CEOs from Getting Rich Through Stock Buybacks

AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund Aims to Stop CEOs from Getting Rich Through Stock Buybacks

The AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund is shining the spotlight on companies whose CEOs stand to collect a bundle as a result of large stock buyback programs. In a stock buyback, a company buys its own shares to reduce the number of shares outstanding.

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Finally Some Justice in Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy: Former Massey Energy CEO Blankenship Convicted of Conspiracy

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More than five years after 29 miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, W.Va., justice was finally served as former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was found criminally guilty for a conspiracy to willfully violate the Mine Safety and Health Act. While the tragedy was the largest loss of life in a mine accident in the United States since 1970, numerous other workers have lost their lives in Massey mines.

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