CHICAGO – (ENEWSPF)–June 2, 2017. U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) are pressing Mondelez International – a confectionery, food, and beverage company based in Deerfield, Illinois – to end its ongoing corporate practice of shifting production from the company’s U.S. bakeries to its bakeries in Mexico. Their letter to Mondelez’s CEO, Irene Rosenfeld, follows Mondelez’s move to close the Oreo cookie production line and cut 600 jobs from its iconic Chicago bakery, which has been a major economic blow to southwest Chicago and the surrounding region.
“The next time you buy your kids Oreos, think about that Mexican worker who was paid about $1 per hour to make those cookies and the American worker he replaced,” said Durbin.
“Mondelez relies heavily on American consumers but they’ve spent the last couple of years outsourcing middle-class jobs those consumers depend on as they lay off workers in Chicago, Philadelphia and across our country,” said Duckworth. “It’s past time companies like Mondelez stop engaging in an economic race to the bottom by putting their short term profits ahead of American families.”
The letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Warner (D-VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).
The full text of the members’ letter to Ms. Rosenfeld is available here