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Record #: SR2017-822   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 10/11/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Budget and Government Operations
Final action: 6/27/2018
Title: Call for solidarity with merchants, unions and local affliates of Mondelez International in protest against decision to transfer bakery production operations from Chicago to Mexico
Sponsors: Curtis, Derrick G.
Attachments: 1. SR2017-822.pdf, 2. R2017-822.pdf

WHEREAS, Nabisco, formerly known as the National Biscuit Company, prior to March 2016, operated the largest commercial bakery in the world at 73rd Street and Kedzie Avenue on Chicago's Southwest Side. A looming presence in the City's Chicago Lawn and Ashburn communities for more than 70 years, Nabisco's 1,800,000-square-foot production facility in Chicago at that time employed more than 1,200 workers and produced 320 million pounds of snack foods annually, including, among others, Chips Ahoy!, Belvita, Oreos, Ritz Crackers, Honey Grahams, and Wheat Thins, for distribution in North America; and
WHEREAS, At one time, Nabisco employed as many as 4,000 workers at its Chicago bakery. Generations of Chicago-area workers supported their families, purchased homes, paid for the children's education, and joined the ranks of Chicago's middle class, thanks to the good union wages they earned there; and
WHEREAS, In 2015, Nabisco's parent company, Illinois-based Mondelez International, reported gross revenues of almost $30 billion and gross earnings of $7.8 billion. The value of Mondelez International's stock increased steadily from the time of its creation in 2012 into 2016; and
WHEREAS, Industry observers noted that Chicago's bakery had contributed mightily to the success of Mondelez International's business enterprise in North America, owing In large part to the ability of its skilled workforce to produce a wide range of products; and
WHEREAS, In July 2015, Mondelez International announced that it planned to move production of its "Power Brands" from its Chicago bakery, which include Oreo Cookies, Chips Ahoy!, Honey Grahams and Ritz crackers, sending nine production lines to its newly built plant in Salinas, Mexico; and
WHEREAS, Despite Nabisco's decades-long connection to Chicago and Mondelez International's considerable financial success here, in 2016 Mondelez International eliminated 600 well-paying union jobs at its Chicago bakery and moved them acro...

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