- Union leaders say that Mott's is doing what more and more corporations tend to do when joblessness, particularly regional unemployment rates, are high: cutting wages and benefits.
- Tell Mott's: get the scabs out of your applesauce!
John Wojcik, People's World
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Marsha Aronson
Attired as a rotten apple, Curtis James Neff participates in July 1 demonstration in downtown Minneapolis. Jennifer Christensen/Workday Minnesota
Support from around the country is coming in to 300 striking workers at the Mott's apple products plant in Williamson, N.Y.
Faced with huge cuts in pay and benefits the members of the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union/United Food and Commercial Workers at the plant went out on strike May 23.
Mott's parent company, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, demanded the givebacks, the union notes, despite earning $550 million in profits last year.
The company is demanding a $1.50 per hour wage cut, a freeze on pension benefits for current workers with no pensions for new employees, hikes in health insurance premium co-pays and cuts in company contributions to 401(k) retirement plans.
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group CEO Larry Young doubled his own salary last year to $6.5 million.
Tell Mott's: get the scabs out of your applesauce! Manny Herrmann, American Rights at Work
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell
- Something's Rotten at Mott's
- Tell the CEO of Mott's: Your workers are what makes your company successful. And you can't get away with screwing them over. Not on our watch!
- Strikers at Mott’s pick up nationwide support