Members of RWDSU-UFCW Local 220 in Williamson, NY, have been trying to negotiate a contract with Mott’s, a subsidiary of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. The company is looking to slash wages by as much as $1.50 an hour for each and every employee, and is trying to take away the workers’ pension plan. There is no economic necessity for what the company is seeking to do. It is a profitable, growing company.
DPS’s three highest paid executives, including CEO Larry Young, all saw their pay increase more than 100% between 2007 and 2009. The company’s stock has rocketed 28% since its most recent earnings announcement in February of 2010. In fact, its stock price is outperforming the industry as a whole by 443% since that earnings release.
But instead of being a responsible corporate citizen, Dr. Pepper Snapple and Mott’s are looking to take advantage of the economic misery of upstate New York. They are looking to take money out of the pockets of workers not because they need to but because they feel that they can get away with it and that workers will have no choice but to accept their offer.
UFCW Local 1116 in Duluth, Minnesota, is asking you to support their brothers and sisters in New York by boycotting Mott’s products. They include:
Mott’s Apple Sauce
Mr. and Mrs. T Products
Welch’s Grape Juice 64oz
Rose’s Lime Juice
Mott’s Garden Cocktail
If you have any questions, want to help the Mott’s workers, or want further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Tamara Jones at 1-218-728-5174 or via email at tjones @ ufcw1116.org.
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