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63rd National
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Convention Backs Boycott of Nabisco Products

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Judy Atkins and Bob Rudek (center), the co-conveners of the convention’s Policy Action Committee, ask the manager of the convenience store in the William Penn Hotel to remove Nabisco products. The UE delegation received a favorable hearing from the manager and her supervisor, who promised to propose a removal of Nabisco products to the firm.


Disgusted by the destruction of family-supporting jobs by corporate greed, delegates enthusiastically adopted the host city’s call to boycott Nabisco products.

RJR Nabisco will close its profitable plant in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood later this year, eliminating 350 union jobs. The cookie and cracker makers are members of the Bakery Workers’ and Operating Engineers’ unions.

Judy Atkins, District Two and Bob Rudek, District 11, co-conveners of the convention’s Policy Action Committee, led a delegation which asked the hotel’s convenience store to remove RJR Nabisco products.

Delegates took up the "Boycott Nabisco" chant at a living wage rally, which heard remarks by 30-year Nabisco worker and union steward Willa Walker. Walker said her union had entered into a partnership which saved the company close to a million dollars in less than a year. But, she said, Nabisco reneged on its commitment to job security.

Later in the rally, the spontaneous chant of "Boycott Nabisco" raised by delegates brought a visibly moved Willa Walker back to the podium to express her thanks.

Genl. Pres. John Hovis told delegates of the Pittsburgh community’s outrage at the impending plant closure and reported that he had pledged the National union’s support for the boycott.

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