FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RIVERDALE (September 5, 2017) — Interfaith Worker Justice (“IWJ”), the largest faith-based organization in the United States focused on worker issues, will hold a press conference to announce its ongoing investigation and issuance of subsequent reports into Mondelēz’s/Nabisco’s decision to outsource hundreds of well-paying jobs to a new production plant in Salinas, Mexico. The investigation will include details on how such outsourcing has impacted hundreds of working people and their communities.
WHERE: The Albanian American Cultural Center, 90 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, New Jersey
WHEN: 4:00 pm (E.T.) on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
WHO: Rev. Anthony Johnson of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Michael Smith (laid off Nabisco employee), Interfaith Worker Justice, and The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 719, Laurel Brennan (Secretary Treasurer of the NJ AFL-CIO), and a local Imam from the Albanian American Cultural Center.
VISUALS: All faith leaders, workers, as well as staff from IWJ and BCTGM will be available for comment.
The event will be streamed live at 4:00pm at the following sites:
In the mid-90s, Nabisco accepted $90 million in taxpayer subsidies from Illinois as incentive to maintain its production plant in Chicago. Today, Nabisco/Mondelēz is abandoning the very people who invested in the company two decades ago by summarily closing production facilities and sending jobs abroad.
The event will feature testimony from faith leaders who will challenge the immorality of laying off union workers only to then exploit Mexican workers by paying low wages - reportedly around $1 per hour - to perform the same labor. To provide real-world testimony, workers from Nabisco’s closed Chicago plant will speak at the event on September 6th.
The seven-city tour that kicked off in Chicago will include Portland, OR; Richmond, VA; Fairlawn, NJ; Atlanta; Salinas, Mexico, and Washington, DC.