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Mott’s: still putting a bad taste in our mouths

The workers at Mott’s factory in Williamson, NY have been on the picket line for over 100 days. And by the looks of it, there’s no end in sight. The corporation that makes such sweet products like Mott’s Apple Sauce, Hawaiian Punch, and Rose’s Lime Juice has been purely rotten and refuses go to the bargaining table with its workers. The workers are putting their livelihoods on the line to protect their wages and pensions, and get the respect from management that they deserve.

“They said that if we can’t meet our finances on the contract they’re offering us, then we need to sell our houses,” one worker said. A company official said that workers needed to think of themselves as commodities, like “soybeans or oil,” and that as supply rises, the price goes down. Read more »

 

Mott’s: rotting away workers’ rights

courtesy UFCWMott’s apples have a giant worm wriggling around in them.

Despite the fact that the juice and apple sauce manufacturer’s parent company, Dr. Pepper Snapple, has seen its stocks rise an astonishing 180 percent since March 2009, they’re trying to slash their workers’ wages and take away pension plans.

Over 300 workers from Mott’s Williamson, NY plant have already been on strike for over a month. And if an agreement between the workers and management is not reached by the end of the summer, and the factory reopens to full capacity, hundreds of local apple farmers will be left without a buyer. Their fruit, and income, will rot away on the trees.

Mott’s is doing better than ever. In spite of the recession they managed to earn $555 million dollars last year. Since business is so sweet, why do the heads of the corporation need to sour it by cutting workers’ wages by as much as $2.50 an hour? There are some companies out there that are financially distressed and need to decrease wages as a way to stay afloat.  If last year’s stocks and earnings are any indicator, Mott’s is certainly not one of them.

Take action!  Tell Dr. Pepper Snapple President Larry D. Young that Mott’s workers deserve better!