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Striking Nabisco Workers To Vote On Contract Offer After Tentative Agreement Is Reached Between Mondelez International & The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers And Grain Millers International Union

Published Thursday, September 16, 2021
by David Roeder/Chicago Sun Times
Striking Nabisco Workers To Vote On Contract Offer After Tentative Agreement Is Reached Between Mondelez International & The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers And Grain Millers International Union

(KENSINGTON, MARYLAND) - The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union and Mondelez International announced Wednesday (September 15th) that a Tentative Agreement has been reached that could end a Strike against the company’s Nabisco operations.

The walkout by BCTGM Members started in August and has affected six locations nationwide.

Both sides said a ratification vote by Union Members will occur in a few days, once information about the proposal is circulated.

Picketing will continue until an agreement is ratified.

Union President Anthony Shelton said in a statement that an agreement was reached “very late” Tuesday night.

It came after a concentrated two-day period of bargaining.

The Union has said the Strike involved about 1,000 Workers in the U.S., about 345 of them in the Chicago area.

Neither the company nor the Union would discuss terms in the proposal.

“I want to thank and commend all of the Members of the Bargaining Committee for their many, many hours of extremely hard work to reach this Tentative Agreement.  As always in our Union, the Members will have the final say on the contract,” Shelton said.

In August, Shelton joined the Chicago Workers on the picket lines, praising their solidarity.

A statement from Mondelez spokeswoman Laurie Guzzinati emphasized that the tentative agreement is “fully recommended” by both sides.

The Strike started in Portland, Oregon and spread within days to the Chicago area, a bakery in Richmond, Virginia, and distribution locations in Colorado and Georgia.

Issues included company proposals to curtail health benefits for new hires and an alternative schedule for 12-hour days for high-volume production lines.

Mondelez, insisting it wanted to modernize contract language written decades ago, made concessions in an offer it publicly posted on August 31st.

It included a modified work schedule proposal and a bonus of $5,000 per Employee, annual wage increases for each year of a four-year contract and increases to the company’s 401(k) match.

It’s not known if those terms are in the tentative deal.

Strikers and their supporters have claimed fewer people are buying Oreos because of a Union-backed boycott.

The Chicago bakery makes Chips Ahoy, Wheat Thins, Nutter Butter Cookies and belVita Breakfast Biscuits.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2021/9/15/22675929/nabisco-workers-contract-offer-mondelez-chicago-bakery

 

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