Interfaith Worker Justice to launch international investigation into outsourcing of Nabisco jobs

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Media contacts:

Ian Pajer-Rogers, Interfaith Worker Justice | ipajer-rogers@iwj.org 

Nate Zeff, BCTGM Local 300 | natezeff@gmail.com

CHICAGO (August 30, 2017) — Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), one of the largest faith-based organization in the United States focused on worker issues, will hold a press conference to announce an 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.

EVENT DETAILS

WHERE: Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

WHEN: 10am on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WHO: Rev. Emily McGinley, Rev. Dr. James Hunt, Rev. Doug Mork, Mr. Allen Szafraniec, Rev. Dr. Ken Brooker Langston, former Nabisco employee Michael Smith, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Secretary Treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor Bob Reiter, Interfaith Worker Justice, and The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 300.

VISUALS: Chicago Temple altar as backdrop to press conference; group of workers and allies with bright signs and matching IWJ shirts.

All faith leaders, workers, as well as staff from IWJ and BCTGM will be available for comment.

EVENT BACKGROUND

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 the Chicago plant and elected officials will speak at the event on August 30.

The seven-city tour that kicks off in Chicago will include Portland, OR; Richmond, VA; Fairlawn, NJ; Atlanta; Salinas, Mexico, and Washington, DC.

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