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Local 6 Peeps Members STRIKE

Posted by BCTGM - September 7, 2016 - Local Union NewsStrikes - No Comments

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Horsham, Pa. – Four hundred BCTGM Local 6 members at Just Born Inc. in Bethlehem, Pa. unanimously voted to go on strike after rejecting the company’s last offer. Workers began taking their places on the picket line this afternoon.


In contract negotiations that began in May, Just Born proposed eliminating the workers’ pension plan, offered substandard market wage increases while increasing the workers’ share of health insurance costs. While the Union proposed modifications to the health insurance plan that would have offered the company substantial savings, the company refused. On September 2 workers voted overwhelmingly to strike to maintain the benefits and standard of living they had earned over decades of service.

Local 6 has represented the candy workers at the plant since the 1950s. Besides marshmallow Peeps, the company is known for its non-chocolate candy products Mike and Ike, Teenee Beanee jelly beans and Hot Tamales. Just Born purchased the Goldenberg Candy Company in 2003, retaining its Philadelphia factory where BCTGM members produce Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.


Workers began picketing outside the plant this afternoon.

Workers began picketing outside the plant this afternoon.


“The workers at the company’s PEEPS plant have devoted much of their lives to producing these iconic Just Born candies. And the company has benefited from their skills and dedication through soaring profits. Workers deserve to be treated fairly with reasonable wage increases and a pension that allows them to retire with dignity,” notes Hank McKay, president of BCTGM Local 6.

Just Born is a privately held, family-owned, company with sales of $230 million.  Originally incorporated in 1923 in New York City, Just Born currently operates out of Bethlehem, where it’s been located since 1932.


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Please note that the BCTGM Local 6 as moved its office location.  The new contact information is:


601 Dresher Road, Suite 103

Horsham, PA 19044

Phone: (267) 387 - 6383

Fax: (267) 387 6524

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