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Strikers at Mott’s pick up nationwide support

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  • 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.
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  • Tell Mott's: get the scabs out of your applesauce!
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John Wojcik, People's World

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Marsha Aronson

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Attired as a rotten apple, Curtis James Neff participates in July 1 demonstration in downtown Minneapolis. Jennifer Christensen/Workday Minnesota

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Support from around the country is coming in to 300 striking workers at the Mott's apple products plant in Williamson, N.Y.

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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.

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Mott's parent company, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, demanded the givebacks, the union notes, despite earning $550 million in profits last year.

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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.

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Dr. Pepper Snapple Group CEO Larry Young doubled his own salary last year to $6.5 million.

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Tell Mott's: get the scabs out of your applesauce! Manny Herrmann, American Rights at Work
Submitted  by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

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  • Something's Rotten at Mott's
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  • 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!
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  • Strikers at Mott’s pick up nationwide support
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