Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Mondelēz International’s Chicago Facility Decision

Jul 30, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement regarding Mondelēz International’s announcement that it would be shifting approximately 600 jobs from their Southwest Chicago facility to Mexico:

“After learning about the potential loss of jobs at Mondelēz’s Chicago facility located in my district, I brought officials of the company to my office to urge them to keep their investment in Chicago and maintain these good-paying jobs at this facility. I regret their decision not to do so.

“I am disappointed that management and labor were unable to come to an agreement that would have potentially kept these jobs in Chicago and I call upon Mondelēz to ensure that these employees have the support they need to transition to new good-paying jobs.

“As I said last month when I voted against Trade Promotion Authority, free trade agreements have shown time and time again that good-paying manufacturing jobs are being shipped abroad. Even now, 21 years after the passage of NAFTA, we are still seeing its impacts on American manufacturing.”