SCAB SNACKS! Your last Oreo? Oreos join Twinkies on everyone's list of SCAB SNACKS... After getting the usual millions of dollars in tax breaks from Chicago and Illinois, our 'corporate neighbors' are moving the jobs and production to a place with 'cheaper labor'...

Teachers and others join the bakery workers at Chicago's Nabisco plant on April 1, 2016. The current owners of Nabisco are moving most of their cookie making to Mexico to exploit "cheap labor" south of the Rio Grande. And that corporation got $90 million years ago after it promised to remain in Chicago! Substance photo by Susan Zupan.When the makers of Twinkies broke the unions representing workers at Hostess, it was time to stop buying and eating Twinkies -- and to teacher our children a new term: SCAB SNACKS. Now, sadly (for one who has always liked Oreos more than Twinkies), Oreos and Saltines (which my mother used to serve regularly to "beef up" thin soups) join Twinkies.

The poignant reminder of how American capitalism and capitalist CEOs (whether the CEO of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel; the latest CEO of CPS, Forrest Claypool; or the hitherto unknown CEO of Nabisco, Irene Rosenfeld) are all and always enemies of working people and the poor. The same people who recently reduced the size of "two pound" cans of coffee to 28 ounces (thinking nobody would notice) while leaving the price the same really believe, with Donald Trump, that they are "smarter" than the rest of us. The fact is, we have better things to do than constantly think greedily about the next deal and how much our "portfolios" are worth this morning, before the NYSE and NASDAQ open.


April 4, 2016 at 12:21 PM

By: John Kugler

Corporate theft

We need to start punishing these corporations and the politicians who allow this theft to occur

April 4, 2016 at 3:38 PM

By: Bob Busch

Taking a bullet for Nabisco

As I drove past the cemetery yesterday, my car suddenly shook a little. That was grandpa rolling over in his grave. Seems The National Biscuit Company, as he knew it, is moving to Mexico. Grandpa worked for them in the 1930’s. His employment got him shot once and robbed twice. His job was to carry payroll cash to the plants, in the days before checks. There is even a picture of detectives returning the bag of money after they caught the thieves in the Tribune. Nabisco was also a good place to work in the 60’s. Several friends and their parents had well paying careers in that bakery on Kedzie. I almost went to work for them myself instead of becoming a teacher.

While only my grandpa actually took a bullet for Nabisco, every employee had real loyalty for the company. Too bad they don’t feel the same way.

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