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.

But in the past few weeks, word about Mott’s sour reputation has really started to spread. Both of the U.S. senators representing New York, the state attorney general, a gubernatorial candidate, and even the New York City Council have all pressured Mott’s to negotiate a settlement. But rather than bargain in good faith, the company has chosen to hire strike breakers. Even the Canadian government is getting involved; they’re afraid that the strike breakers, who lack the decades of training many of the striking Mott’s workers have received, run the risk of making contaminated food.

And in the past two weeks alone, the strike has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and The Huffington Post!  CBS Evening News was also recently on the scene in Williamson, and we’re all waiting to see the strike broadcast on national television.

The strike is leaving a bad taste in customers’ mouths. If Mott’s wants to keep selling sweet food, they’d better treat their workers with the respect they’ve earned.

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4 Responses to “Mott’s: still putting a bad taste in our mouths”

  1. [...] the whole awful truth, check out this article from the good folks at American Rights at Work right here. This entry was posted in Articles of Note. Bookmark the permalink. ← 2010 Voices of [...]

  2. Just about every major corporation is guilty of putting their workers second to the bottom line. Did this strike at the factory ever get resolved? I was looking for info on it but can’t seem to find it in the news lately.

  3. Maybe it’s time for the workers to realize that Mott’s has to cut expenses too and although I wouldn’t go as far as calling the workers “commodities,” the ugly truth is that companies have to take drastic measures in order to survive too.

  4. I am sure Mott’s production is gonna go down if this is not resolved in 3 months.

    God Bless Hawaiian Punch…

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