FAQS

Following weeks of productive in-person bargaining, BCTGM leadership rejected the Company’s most recent contract proposals, and the local unions in Portland (OR), Aurora (CO) and Richmond (VA) decided to go on strike.

Our goal has been – and continues to be – to bargain in good faith with the BCTGM leadership across our U.S. bakeries and sales distribution facilities to reach new contracts that continue to provide our employees with good wages and competitive benefits, including quality, affordable healthcare, and financially secure retirements, while also taking steps to modernize some contract aspects which were written several decades ago.

The Company has been engaged in good-faith bargaining with the BCTGM leadership across these U.S. bakeries and sales distribution facilities to reach new contracts that continue to provide our employees with good wages and competitive benefits, including quality, affordable healthcare, and financially secure retirements, while also taking steps to modernize some contract aspects which were written several decades ago.

The company’s most recent contract proposals to the union committee included:

  • No change to healthcare benefits for current employees (e.g., no employee deductibles, no employee premium contributions)
  • Annual wage increases
  • Ratification bonus
  • Increase to the 401(k) match
  • Increase to the Company-provided Short-Term Disability benefit
  • For Bakeries: Alternative Work Schedules on select high-demand lines, alternating 3-4 days per week, enabling better work/life balance 
  • For Sales Distribution Facilities: Alternative Work Schedules with up to 5 employees in each Branch working a Tuesday–Saturday work schedule 
  • Revised Overtime rules, paying premiums to employees on 6th and 7th day who work their scheduled hours during the week
  • 4-year term for new contracts

In addition, the offer withdrew a previously introduced proposal that would have allowed the use of temporary employees.

The negotiations underway for new collective bargaining agreements focused on U.S. biscuit operations on strategically located owned-and-operated bakeries on the East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast of the United States. This includes our bakeries in Portland, OR, Richmond, VA and Chicago, IL, and sales distribution facilities in Addison, IL; Aurora, CO; and Norcross, GA.

The Company’s most recent contract proposals were shared with – and rejected by – Union leadership during our most recent bargaining sessions with the BCTGM in late July.

Our goal continues to be to bargain in good faith with the BCTGM leadership across our U.S. bakeries and sales distribution facilities to reach new contracts that continue to provide our employees with good wages and competitive benefits, including quality, affordable healthcare, and financially secure retirements, while also taking steps to modernize some contract aspects which were written several decades ago.

Since May 3 we have had multiple in-person negotiations with the BCTGM, including a two-week session in May, and a one-week session in July, and the negotiations team has been working hard at introducing the operational changes needed to fuel growth and set up the U.S. network for long-term success.  The BCTGM has repeatedly communicated that it will not agree to any changes, but nonetheless expects that we will provide increased wages and ratification bonuses.  We remain committed to continuing to bargain in good faith with a goal of reaching new contracts.
The Company’s most recent contract proposals were shared with – and rejected by – union leadership during our most recent bargaining sessions with the BCTGM in late July.

Although we are disappointed by BCTGM’s decision, we have activated a robust business continuity plan to ensure our continued ability to supply our delicious cookies and crackers to retailers and consumers.

No. The BCTGM negotiations underway for new collective bargaining agreements are separate and distinct from the Atlanta and Fair Lawn bakery closures, which were announced in February and have now been completed. As we respond to changing consumer needs and snacking growth opportunities, we are focusing our U.S. biscuit operations on strategically located owned-and-operated bakeries on the East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast of the United States. This includes our bakeries in Portland, OR, Richmond, VA and Chicago/Naperville, IL, further supported by U.S.-based external manufacturing. No U.S. jobs went to Mexico related to the Atlanta and Fair Lawn closures.

No. We are focusing our U.S. biscuit operations on strategically located owned-and-operated bakeries on the East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast of the United States, and no U.S. jobs went to Mexico related to the Atlanta and Fair Lawn closures.

We are committed to bargaining in good faith and are waiting for Union leadership to provide their availability to meet again for continued negotiations. We hope to resume negotiations in the near future.

Our goal has been – and continues to be – to bargain in good faith with the BCTGM leadership across our U.S. bakeries and sales distribution facilities to reach new contracts that continue to provide our employees with good wages and competitive benefits, including quality, affordable healthcare, and financially-secure retirements, while also taking steps to modernize some contract aspects which were written several decades ago.