By Quentin Choy
In a major act of worker unity, employees at Nabisco have gone on strike in Oregon, Colorado, Virginia, Illinois, and Georgia.
Nabisco manufactures snack products including Oreos, Wheat Thins, Nutter Butter, Teddy Grahams, and Chips Ahoy!
While Nabisco workers are the ones on strike, Nabisco is a subsidiary of Mondelēz International, one of around 10 major food companies.
The strikes are supported by Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM).
Much of the strikers’ grievances come from negotiations over workers’ pensions. During negotiations for a new contract, Mondelēz International aimed to cut worker pensions and to replace them with a 401(k) program.
Many Nabisco workers believe that the replacement of their pensions with 401(k) plans would threaten their chances at retirement, especially among older voters.
Nabisco’s profits have increased heavily in the past year due to the increased purchasing of snacks during the pandemic.
“For more than a year throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Nabisco workers in Portland and other locations around the country have been working long, hard hours, day in and day out, to produce Nabisco products for American families.”from Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM).
Workers have reported increased working hours without overtime pay. Some have even reported having to work 16-hour workdays, according to The New York Times.
Outsourcing of Nabisco jobs has also been a cause of the strikes as workers fear that their jobs will be lost.
Following the financial hardship for Americans after the pandemic, inequality has been laid bare in the open for everyone to see.
Workers who put in incredibly long workdays to provide snacks for Americans during the pandemic deserve to have their pensions and retirement possibilities protected.
For those hesitant to support the workers on strike, remember: these are not radical activists. They are normal working-class Americans who are fighting for their place in the middle class.
All they want is to be able to retire and to make fair wages for fair work.
Supporting strikes and boycotts is not radical. Your support is simply supporting other working-class people who need help from a larger audience.
These workers deserve your compassion and support, and Nabisco deserves your boycott of snacks until their workers are better protected.
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