BCTGM Local 3G

“I am the Union, You are the Union, We are the Union!”

Local 3G Mission Statement

Honorable and effective service to the membership is the highest objective which any labor organization can seek. The Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union Local 3-G will be ever faithful and devoted to this aspiration and trust will always follow a progressive and constructive course to the end that our members and our industry will prosper.

Letter From The President

BCTGM represents more than 120,000 working men and women in the US and Canada. The primary goal of the BCTGM has not changed over the years: To bring economic justice in the workplace to all workers in our jurisdiction and social justice to all workers throughout the United States and Canada.

BCTGM exemplifies outstanding community service and dedication from food drives to disaster relief, BCTGM members have always been involved aiding those within their communities. BCTGM locals throughout the US and Canada have an impressive record in gathering union volunteers for activities that improve their communities and enhance the lives of those who are less fortunate.

At Local 3-G, we strive at all times to secure the highest possible living standards, improved and humane working conditions and future economic security for its members. We are a service-orientated organization. Nowhere else do you have the right to democratically exercise your voice and effectively have representation providing for its members who would be unable to do it themselves. All the Officers here at Local 3-G take great pride in this union and its accomplishments...it did not come easy. Remember, please, the unionism is not a heritage, but must be continually protected by you.

In Closing, remember, “I am the Union, You are the Union, We are the Union!”

Fraternally yours
Trevor Bidelman
Business Agent/President
BCTGM, Local 3-G

Senate Hearing on Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch

Hearings began in the Senate last week on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch would be terrible for working people. He’s routinely voted against the interests of working people when it comes to safety on the job and discrimination in the workplace, and has denied workers’ efforts to secure earned wages and benefits.

Sign the petition to tell the Senate to oppose his nomination:

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New video in the Niabiso 600 tour series

BCTGM’s second video in the Niabiso 600 tour series, Chicago Nabisco/Mondelēz bakery workers highlight the exorbitant corporate greed of Nabisco/Mondelēz executives and the economic injustice of executive compensation.

The Nabisco 600 tour which has met with International labor groups, associations, retiree groups, and other social and activist organizations across the United States, reaching nearly ten million members.

Please watch and share the video below.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

The BCTGM has launched a public education campaign encouraging Americans to "Check the Label" to support American jobs by ensuring their favorite Nabisco products are produced in America before purchasing.

Our members working at Nabisco plants throughout the U.S. take great pride in producing the iconic products that have been a part of millions of Americans' lives for more than 50 years.Nearly 4,000 BCTGM members have dedicated decades to fuel the financial success of Mondelēz International and the global appeal of its products including Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Ritz and Premium crackers. But that work has been rewarded with the displacement of hundreds of jobs to the company’s plants in Monterrey and Salinas, Mexico, where low wages and minimal regulatory standards and oversight persist.

Through a simple label check, together we can send a powerful message in support of American jobs and products by rejecting those made at poverty-level wages and in unregulated work conditions.

Support American Nabisco workers in several ways:
Check the Label:
There are two ways to know if your Nabisco snacks are made in the U.S. or Mexico.
Check for the words "Made in Mexico" under the ingredient list.
Check the plant identification code, which is part of the expiration date code: do not buy if the initials "MM" or "MS" are listed. The initials AE, AH, AP, AX, AZ and XL all indicate American-made products.

Tell your grocery or convenience store manager to only stock American-made Nabisco products.

Download the flyer here!

Send a clear message to companies like this that we will not accept the outsourcing of good American jobs and the American middle class. Do not buy the snacks being produced by Nabisco/Mondelēz in Mexico. Check the label, and ONLY BUY AMERICAN-MADE.

Also, please take a moment to watch this video, "The Nabisco 600" and share it with everyone you know.

Then, visit www.fightforamericanjobs.org to learn more.
Join us in the fight to protect American jobs!
In solidarity, David B. Durkee 

Letter from International President David B. Durkee

Brothers and Sisters:
As was reported in the July/August 2015 issue of the BCTGM News, on July 29, 2015, Mondelez International announced that it intended to ship more than 450 BCTGM jobs from the company’s Chicago Nabisco Bakery to its low-wage bakery in Salinas, Mexico.

The BCTGM, of course, was not about to sit back and accept Mondelez’ greed-driven attempt to abandon the workers who built that company and its iconic brands. Since the company’s announcement, the BCTGM has been engaged in an intensive campaign to preserve those jobs. Under the direction of BCTGM Strategic Campaign Coordinator Ron Baker, this comprehensive campaign is generating significant support from the greater Chicago labor movement, state and local elected officials and progressive community and religious organizations.

In order to broaden awareness and support for the campaign, the BCTGM New Media and Public Relations and Communications Departments have created a new website devoted to the campaign. On this website, you will find the latest news on the campaign, BCTGM press releases and links to videos and powerful new campaign radio ads.

Below is a link to the website. I urge you to promote this website among your membership and encourage them to share it with family and friends through social media.


The BCTGM Strategic Campaign team in Chicago worked closely with Local 300 to establish the following new social media sites for the Local:
Facebook Page: BCTGM Local 300
Twitter: @BCTGM_Nabisco
Instagram: bctgm_nabisco_campaign

A key part of this campaign is to educate the general public on how refusing to buy Mexican-made Mondelez/Nabisco products can save American jobs. As with the new website, I am asking that you encourage your members, their family members and friends to visit these social media sites.

BCTGM’s also has an online petition, “Call to Conscience to Mondelez/Nabisco-Chicago,” which is directed to Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld. I am asking that you electronically distribute this petition as widely as possible among your membership and urge your members to sign the petition and forward it on to their family and friends. 

Success in this campaign is extremely important to our Union. It will have an impact in our upcoming negotiations for more than 2,000 BCTGM Nabisco members. Moreover, it will have long-term significance for the future of our Union just as our recent struggles with Kellogg, Hostess, Roquette, American Crystal Sugar and other employers have.

Thank you for your solidarity with our Nabisco Brothers and Sisters in this campaign. Your active support will make a difference! 

The Local 3G Reporter

The Local 3G Reporter is our local newsletter that we publish to help keep our members informed of plant, local, and national news.

To view the current newsletter, or read the archived versions, please click read more below.

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BCTGM Helping Hands Network

As members of BCTGM Local 3G, we believe that sharing with others in need is an important part of our labor tradition. We have a responsibility to volunteer in our communities—from charitable giving to helping families in economic or personal crises.

Local 3G is currently asking our membership for donations to help with the water crisis in Flint Mi. We will be collecting water up until this Friday January 29th.

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1006 N. Raymond Road
Battle Creek, MI. 49014
Monday-Friday 8:00 - 4:00

Call: 269-965-3297Contact Local 3G

The BCTGM is now accepting scholarship applications for the Fall 2016 school year. Click read more to download the forms.

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