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Nabisco Corporate Greed Protested In Chicago

Last year, CEO Irene Rosenfeld took home $19.7 million from Mondelez, the company that owns Nabisco. That’s 534 times the amount of pay given on average to Nabisco’s workers.

Apparently, Irene Rosenfeld believes that Nabisco is still paying too much to its workers. That’s why she is overseeing the firing of workers in a Nabisco factory in Chicago, and moving 600 jobs from there to factories in Mexico, where it’s possible for Mondelez to pay workers even less than they do in the United States. Congressman Dan Lipinski spoke out yesterday against Nabisco’s labor hypocrisy, spending lavishly on the salaries of top executives while squeezing factory workers in the name of efficiency. “What is happening now is even more disappointing because taxpayers have previously provided $90 million to Nabisco in return for a commitment to expand and hire locally. The continued lack of a negotiated agreement reflects the plight of middle class Americans across the country, with workers facing eroding wages and benefits along with job insecurity,” Lipinski said.

nabisco boycottToday, outside of the annual Mondelez shareholders’ meeting in Chicago, Nabisco workers are protesting economic exploitation by Roselfeld and her lieutenants, and they’re looking for your help. The workers are urging Americans to check the label on Nabisco products before they buy them, and to put the products back on the shelf if they are made in Mexico rather than in the USA.

8 thoughts on “Nabisco Corporate Greed Protested In Chicago”

  1. Al Hopfmann says:

    The problem here is socialism/corporatism/regulation and government being involved where it shouldn’t be. Since “…taxpayers have previously provided $90 million to Nabisco…” the ugly hand of corporatism and its allies have already made it illegitimate. And since, even with Obama continuing to destroy liberty and the economy, this is still supposedly a “free” country, workers are still free to work elsewhere and people are still free to not buy the company’s products, I don’t see a reason for government to get involved further. Let’s return to a free enterprise system and rid our economy,commerce, and lives of the horrible hand of overreaching government that is the cause of the abomination that you are describing.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Read Charles Dickens to review how unfettered capitalism works for people.

      1. Al Hopfmann says:

        There is no such thing as unfettered capitalism in a monarchy.

  2. Dave says:

    This article sounds like a plug for Trump. The issue of keeping corporate America from moving to Mexico is near to his heart. Another move by U. S. corporations is the movement of Mexican labor to the U.S. to supply big businesses with low skilled, low paid workers, a move Irregular Times wholeheartedly agrees with.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Not a plug for Trump. Trump is one of the oligarchs who is making lots of money for himself by outsourcing jobs to overseas sweatshops.

      1. Dave says:

        This is not a plug for Trump either, but businesses do this to remain competitive and protect their assets under the current lousy trade agreements. It’s either that or go belly up. I have heard Trump admit to this, but also make the claim that he would rather renegotiate treaties and create the conditions where this is not necessary or even desirable. If he can maintain his voter turnout mojo I think he’s going to win the election, and we’ll find out if he keeps his promises any better than the last nine presidents have.

        Protesting Nabisco is fruitless in my opinion, as a company in their position is simply going shopping (for low priced labor) the same way any of us go shopping for our own needs. When it’s time to replace the old clunker we drive, we shop around for the best price on a suitable new(er) one. We stay away from the overpriced car lots and take our business where we get the best deal we can make. Scrapping NAFTA as it stands and “taxing the hell out of companies” who move there – a Trump promise – would make Mexico look much less attractive to corporate shoppers. Like I said, I think he will win this one, and it will probably be mostly because he is the only candidate running that seems to connect with American working people on the issue of disappearing jobs. The only “job creation” his opponents seem to understand is government jobs, and the country is borrowed out when it comes to paying for that.

    2. Jim Cook says:

      Don’t put words in our mouths. I support livable wages for all, including immigrants.

      1. Dave says:

        Not putting words in your mouths, but pointing out what seems to me is a contradictory stance in your approach. What doesn’t kill us makes us better, or something like that.

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