Warner Todd Huston via Breitbart
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Mondelez bakeries, which makes Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers, and Cadbury chocolates, has announced yet another round of lay-offs at its Chicago bakery.
* "CHICAGO...?" (*SCRATCHING MY HEAD*)... WHY DOES THAT SOUND SO FAMILIAR...?
The company is enlarging its Mexico facilities...
* MEXICO! "FREE TRADE!" YEA!
(*SNORTING WHILE SMIRKING*)
...as it closes nine bakery lines in the Windy City - some of which have been operating for 60 years.
In 2013, Mondelez said its cost-cutting strategies included outsourcing white-collar jobs to countries where labor was less costly, shutting down old plants and bakery lines, improving plants in less costly areas, and corporate reorganization.
* HEY, FOLKS... YA THINK THAT... OH... PERHAPS TAXES... AND OVER-REGULATION... MIGHT... JUST MIGHT... HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT THEY'RE NOT BUILDING NEW FACTORIES RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA?
By 2015 the company had already reduced its work force from an estimated 107,000 employees to 104,000.
Mondelez says changing customer interests in pre-packaged foods, rising U.S. costs, and cheaper foreign labor costs are at the root of the changes.
* "RISING U.S. COSTS..."
* BUT... BUT... BUT... I THOUGHT THERE WAS "NO INFLATION" - AT LEAST ACCORDING TO OUR GOVERNMENT?
* INDEED... WE'RE BEING TOLD WE'RE IN A DEFLATIONARY SPIRAL...
By October of last year, the company had announced it was outsourcing hundreds of white-collar jobs to overseas and was laying-off many of its Deerfield, Illinois-based office workers.
At that time, Chief Financial Officer Brian Gladden told investors its “global shared-services” initiative is “causing significant changes in our [organizational] model and disruption” throughout its global operations.
As the company “migrated” white-collar jobs overseas, CFO Gladden noted, “We’re migrating about 150 separate processes largely to external partners in lower-cost countries.”
(*JUST SHAKING MY HEAD*)
* WHERE ARE THE "COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS?" WHERE IS "OCCUPY WALL STREET?"
(*SNORTING AS I SHAKE MY HEAD*)
Earlier in 2015, the company had already moved to lay off half its 1,200 employees, or 600 workers, at its Chicago bakery. The company noted it was improving its facilities in Mexico instead of investigating in upgrades to its 60-year-old Chicago bakery lines.
Mondelez expects to generate up to $46 million in annual savings by investing in four state-of-the-art production lines in its recently opened Salinas, Mexico, plant. The $130 million investment going to Mexico instead of to expansion at its Chicago plant angered three employee unions in the Windy City.
(*ROLLING MY EYES*)
* HOW MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE THESE UNIONS FUNNELED TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY?
But the announcement that Oreo cookies would now be made in Mexico prompted several activists to start separate boycotts of the cookie classic.
By January 1 of this year, the unions had filed a lawsuit against Mondelez due to the mass lay-offs, citing discrimination and the voiding of a collective-bargaining agreement.
* GOOD LUCK WITH THAT...
(*ROLLING MY EYES AGAIN*)
* PERHAPS A BETTER IDEA WOULD BE TO NOT SUPPORT THE DEMOCRAT POLICIES (OVER-TAXATION; OVER-REGULATION) THAT HAVE LED TO THIS DISASTER! (JUST... SAYIN'...)
Despite the lawsuit, Mondelez is continuing with its lay-off plans and warned 277 employees of their separation on January 20. (This will only be the first round of up to 600 layoffs in Chicago.)
At this time Mondelez says the Chicago plant will continue to make BelVita, Mini Chips Ahoy, Cheese Nips, and other products, on seven to-be-upgraded production lines. But the company will shutter the nine lines that produce Oreos, and Ritz and Graham crackers.