Reprinted from The AFL-CIO blog Now by Kenneth Quinnell on November 17, 2017.
Thursday, at more than 100 big-box stores across the United States, working families and activists leafleted with Nabisco workers to urge consumers to boycott Nabisco snacks like Oreo, Ritz Crackers and Chips Ahoy that are made in Mexico. Nabisco and parent corporation Mondelēz International continue to outsource hundreds of good, middle-class jobs and exploit working families across borders and oceans for reportedly around $1 per hour with little to no benefits.
Working people like Anthony Jackson illustrate the human impact of the decisions made by Nabisco and Mondelēz:
“This was going to be my career,” said 41-year-old Anthony Jackson. In 2011 Jackson, a Navy veteran, was hired to operate the machine that blends sugar and oil to make the sticky sweet white Oreo icing that Americans of all ages love.
On Veterans Day this year, Jackson demanded that Nabisco/Mondelez “do the right thing” and restore the hundreds of jobs his fellow workers lost when the company made the decision to outsource production. Jackson said that among the hundreds who lost their jobs, many are veterans like him. …