Posted by Eric Horvath on February 20, 2014 at 9:19 AM
Councilman Henon joined fellow City Councilman Brian O'Neill, along with State Representatives Brendan and Kevin Boyle, State Senator Mike Stack and John Lazar, Business Manager for the Confectioner and Bakers Local 492 on Wednesday, to protest the closing of the former Kraft Foods Bakery on Roosevelt Boulevard.
Mondelez International, the bakery conglomerate that owns the facility, made the announcement to shut down operations by January 2015, leaving behind 350 family-sustaining jobs.
The protest was meant to sent a message to the company that these decisions come at a serious cost, but also to prospective businesses looking to relocate to the facility: a company is only as good as its workers and Philadelphia has the best.
"Companies require infrastructure to succeed: roads, bridges, buildings," Councilman Henon said. "But there's more to infrastructure than that. Workers, and their families, are part of that infrastructure. I know the pain of a family member losing a job when a plant closes. My father worked at Yale & Town and the Budd Company, and each time he left those plants it was because they closed. The instability caused by these job losses is felt by these families and their communities — and they deserve better."
Councilman Henon went on to state that he is eager to work with responsible companies looking to start, grow or locate operations in the plant, or elsewhere in Philadelphia.
Read media coverage of the protest in the Northeast Times (story by John Loftus).