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But in the midst of a heated presidential race, the company a division of the global snack behemoth Mondelez International that reaped more than $30 billion in revenue last year finds itself in the crosshairsof three White House hopefuls who have criticizedthe company for its plans to lay off hundreds of workers in Chicago as itshifts someNorth American production to an upgraded plant in Salinas, Mexico.
The company, which also has marketed the Oreo as the “world’s favorite cookie,” willbegin laying off 600 workers at its Chicago bakery on March 21. The cuts come as Mondelez shifts work to four new cookie and cracker production lines in Mexico, a $130 million investmentexpected to be completed by the middle of this year.
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Bernie Sanders campaign have pointed to themove, which the company says will save it $46 million annually,as emblematic of the problem of big corporations offshoring of American jobs.
Pointed criticism of Nabisco by Clinton, Sanders and Trump comes as all three candidates have put greater emphasis on trade issues as they attempt to make their cases to blue collar workers ahead of Tuesday’s primaries in manufacturing heavy Illinois and Ohio.
For months, the Republican frontrunner Trump has knocked the decision by the company, which hasbakedcookies and crackers at a mammoth facility on Chicago’s Southwest Side since the early 1950s.
Trump, who once served as pitchman for the Oreo brand, vowed to boycott the cookie because of the company’s decision.
“You take a look at, as an example, in Chicago where you have Nabiscomove its big plant they’re closing their plant,” wholesale nfl jerseys Trump said in not entirely accurate comments after he notched primary victories this week in Michigan and Mississippi. “They’re moving to Mexico.”
Sanders recently dispatched Larry Cohen, a campaign adviser and former president of the Communications Workers of America, to meet with workers and union leaders for the Chicago plant.
And Clinton in recent days singled out Nabisco on the stump when critiquing corporate America.
In 1993, the company was promised nearly $90 million in tax incentives and subsidies after it agreed to remain in Chicago and pass up a chance to move to Mexico. The government incentives won by the food and tobacco giant RJR Nabisco which was one of the forerunners to Mondelez has buttressed the criticism by the Trump, Clinton and Sanders campaigns.
“You know, when a company decides to leave like Nabisco is leaving and they have gotten tax benefits from Chicago and Illinois to stay there, I will claw back the benefits,” Clinton vowed in a debate in Flint, Mich. last week. “They will have to pay them back if they are leaving a place that actually invested in them.”
CEO Irene Rosenfeld appeared at a forum on Thursday sponsored by The Economist as dozens of Chicago factory workers protested outside the event and encouraged passersby to buy only Nabisco snacksmade in the USA. Rosenfeld did not address the protests or the criticism from presidential candidates during the forum. The company declined to make her available for comment.
Mondelez says the candidates are inaccurately suggesting that they are leaving Chicago. The company will still have about 600 workers, about half of the current employee headcount, at their bakery on the city’s Southwest Side.
The company says that it considered building the new factory lines in Chicago, but opted not to because of the $46 million cost gap between operating in Chicago and Salinas, Mexico.
Laurie Guzzinati, a spokeswoman for Mondelez, said the Chicago Nabisco bakery will continue to be one of the company’s largest facilities in terms of number of employees,even after the layoffs, but will no longer make Oreo cookies once the new factory lines are up and running in Mexico. facilities in New Jersey, Oregon and Virginia. and Mexico, Oreos are also made in 16 other countries for sale in international markets.
“Even if the investment would have been made in Chicago, there would have been an impact to positions at that bakery,” Guzzinati said. The company would have cut about 300 workers because the new factory lines were more efficient than the current ones and require fewer workers to operate, she said.
Nate Zeff, an organizer for the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union, said that the call by Mondelez which paid $21 million to Rosenfeld, the company’s CEO, last year for $46 million in concessions from workers was seen as a slap in the face.
“It’s going to have a profound effect on the local economy here,” Zeff said of the impending layoffs. “We’re talking about 600 jobs. (It’s) not just those 600 families who are going to be deeply affected. That’s millions of dollars that’s going to be stripped away from the economy here.”
To be certain, White House hopefuls hammering big corporations for sending jobs overseas is hardly new.
In his 2012 reelection effort, President Obama’s campaign derided Mitt Romney as the “outsourcer in chief” because the private equity company he founded, Bain Capital, owned companies that sent jobs to China, India and other countries.
John Kerry in his unsuccessful 2004 campaign colorfully promised to “repeal every benefit, every loophole, every reward that entices any Benedict Arnold company or CEO to take money and jobs overseas.”
Independent candidate Ross Perot famously predicted in 1992 a “giant sucking sound” of jobs flowing into Mexico if his Democratic and Republican rivals got their way and passed the North American Free Trade Agreement. (President Bill Clinton signed the trade agreementinto law in 1993.)
But the debate over trade has a reached a fevered pitch unseen in previous campaigns, according to analysts.
Trump, who has also taken aim at Indianapolis based air conditioner manufacturer Carrier and Ford Motor Company for outsourcing jobs to Mexico, has vowed to put every trade deal on the table for renegotiation. Sanders lashed out against “race to the bottom” policies that he says forceAmerican workers to compete against low wage workers overseas. Clinton, who backed the stalled Trans Pacific Partnership as Obama’s secretary of State, backed away from it once she became a White House candidate.
“The rhetoric isn’t new, but it’s a lot more intense this time,” said Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “And you have a surprising unanimity of the top candidates on what I would call the anti trade, anti foreign investment rhetoric, which the talk about Nabisco falls into.”
For the 277 workers alreadynotified they will lose their jobs in the first wave of layoffson March 21, the news has been difficult to swallow.
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