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USA Mott's Workers Take Stand Against Corporate Greed
Over three hundred workers at the highly profitable Mott's plant in Williamson, New York are on strike against deep cuts in pay and benefits, and the employer’s refusal to bargain a fair contract.
Mott's is produced by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), the North American beverages division spun off by Cadbury Schweppes in 2008.
DPS has been enjoying record profits, earning USD 555 million and increased their market share in a highly competitive beverage sector. Shareholders have seen the company's stock soar and the CEO has given himself a 113% compensation increase to USD 6.5 million annually.
DPS implemented an across the board reduction of USD 1.50 per hour for workers, eliminated the pension, increased employee health care contributions and cut the 401k benefit by 20%. Workers strongly rejected these demands and authorized the union's negotiating committee to call an unfair labor practice strike, which began on May 23. Over 300 full time manufacturing workers at the Mott’s plant in Williamson, New York, went on strike after company executives demanded painful wage cuts while the company enjoyed a record year of $555 million in profits.
Strikers have been traveling the country telling their story