After nearly 10 months of trying to reach a fair contract with “Verigreedy,” 39,000 CWA and IBEW working families went on strike as of 6 a.m., Wednesday April 13.
Elected officials across Verizon territory are rallying with striking Verizon workers, and CWA members were joined by AFL-CIO activists and other supporters as the strike continued.
CWA Verizon members tell their stories. Watch here.
Watch all the CWA Verizon videos here.
Despite making record profits – $39 billion in profits over the last three years – Verizon executives have been pushing to offshore more jobs to the Philippines, Mexico and other locations, close call centers, outsource work to low-wage contractors and transfer workers away from their families for up to four months at a time.
Verizon workers also are frustrated with the company’s continued refusal to meet its commitment to regulators and communities and build out high-speed FiOS broadband. Not only has Verizon failed to bring this telecommunications service to communities, it is failing to properly maintain the copper network, putting consumers and communities at risk.
Union members were out at 6 a.m. on Wednesday on picket lines from Virginia to Massachusetts. There were rallies, mass picketing, visits and messages of support from elected officials and community leaders and other shows of solidarity.
CWA President Chris Shelton joined members of Local 2222 picketing at a Verizon garage in Falls Church, Va., and told members that standing together, we will take on this greedy corporation and win. “We’re going to show this company that we deserve a decent life for ourselves and our families,” he said.
“We’re standing up for working families and standing up to Verizon’s corporate greed,” said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor. “If a hugely profitable corporation like Verizon can destroy the good family-supporting jobs of highly skilled workers, then no worker in America will be safe from this corporate race to the bottom.”
CWA District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney said Americans are becoming outraged, “by what some of the nation’s wealthiest corporations have done to working people over the last 30 years. Verizon is the poster child for everything that people in this country are angry about, because this very profitable company wants to push people down.”
Keep up with everything happening in the Verizon strike. Check standuptoverizon.com for a map of events, and join a picket line in your area. Check in on the CWA app, a great place to find events and photos. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, click here. Take action and sign the petition.
Check out more photos from the strike here.
TO: AFL-CIO Executive Council Members
National and International Union Presidents
Trade and Industrial Departments
General Board Representatives
AFL-CIO State Federations and Central Labor Councils
FROM: Elizabeth H. Shuler
DATE: May 3, 2016
RE: AFL-CIO endorsement of BCTGM’s boycott of “Made in Mexico” Mondelez International snack foods
The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) boycott of the snack food items of Mondelez International (“Mondelez,” “Mondelez/Nabisco”) that are made in Mexico.
The boycott is being conducted because Mondelez is shifting work from U.S. production facilities, most recently in Chicago, IL, to a facility in Salinas Victoria, Mexico.
Shortly after the Salinas Victoria facility went online in 2015, Mondelez approached BCTGM Local 300 (Chicago) seeking $46 million in annual concessions to secure an investment of $130 million into the Chicago plant. The concessions would have meant an approximately 60% reduction in pay and benefits for the 1,000 workers in Chicago, decimating fifty years of collective bargaining gains. The members refused.
In July 2015, Mondelez announced it would be investing the $130 million in the Salinas Victoria plant to construct several more lines. It also announced that it would eliminate 600 jobs at its plant in Chicago as it transferred production to Salinas Victoria.
That same year, the CEO of Mondelez received over $19 million in total compensation.
The BCTGM’s “check the label” campaign is designed to educate the public about Mondelez transfer of jobs to Mexico and to urge consumers to not buy Mondelez/Nabisco snack food products that are made in Mexico, http://www.fightforamericanjobs.org/check-the-label/.
It is very important to emphasize that the BCTGM is only asking the public to avoid Mondelez/Nabisco brand products that are “Made in Mexico.” This includes Oreos, Newtons, Chips Ahoy, Honey Grahams, Animal Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Premium, Belvita, Lorna Doone, Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid, and Wheat Thins.
Nabisco snacks are still produced at Nabisco bakeries in the United States. Check the label to be sure the Nabisco products you buy are NOT being produced in Mexico.
The latest boycott information can always be found on AFL-CIO’s website http://www.aflcio.org/Get-Involved/AFL-CIO-Endorsed-Boycotts and the Union Label and Service Trades website, www.unionlabel.org.
cc: AFL-CIO headquarters and field staff
The AFL-CIO has announced its endorsement of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union’s boycott of Mexican made Nabisco products as a result of the company’s decision to move hundreds of Chicago jobs to a plant in Mexico.
BCTGM, which represents about 4,000 workers at Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, launched its Check the Label campaign earlier this year to push back against the company’s outsourcing of American jobs.
The April 25, 2016 letter issued by Liz Schuler, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer is printed below.
The AFL-CIO has approved your request to include Mondelez International on the list of AFL-CIO national boycotts. Specifically, the boycott will apply to all Mondelez International snack food products that are labeled ‘Made in Mexico,’ including Oreos, Newtons, Chips Ahoy, Honey Grahams, Animal Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Premium, Belvita, Lorna Doane, Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid, and Wheat Thins. In accordance with the policy on boycott endorsements adopted by the AFL-CIO Executive Council, the federation will maintain the “Made in Mexico” snack products of Mondelez International on its published boycott list for up to one year from the date of endorsement unless your union requests an earlier termination of the listing. At the end of the year, you may request to have the company included on the list for another 12 months.
The AFL-CIO and the AFL-CIO Union Label and Service Trades Department will post this product line to the list on their websites and Union Label Letter publication.
A pdf of the letter from Secretary-Treasurer Schuler can be downloaded here.
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