You might not want to scarf down that sleeve of Oreos right now; an already strained supply chain is getting even more strained.
Nabisco workers are in the midst of a heated contract dispute with parent company Mondelez International. The contract talks have been going on since May, and broke down earlier this summer — and now workers in five different states have gone on strike.
Here’s what you need to know:
Hundreds of Nabisco bakery employees are on strike.
Workers at Nabisco’s bakeries in Portland, Ore., Richmond, Va., Norcross, Ga., and Chicago have walked off the job in growing numbers since Aug. 10.
Will there be a shortage? Depends on who you ask.
Mondelez International says the walkouts won’t affect production of Oreos or other products, because they’re using non-union employees to produce the snacks.
But striking workers say that their factories have been at a standstill, which will eventually result in fewer Oreos and Ritz on the shelves.
Distribution employees in Colorado and Georgia — the people responsible for getting the products onto store shelves — are also on strike, which could have regional impact.
If there is a Nabisco shortage, there are countless knockoff store brands available.
The last Nabisco strike lasted 56 days.
When Nabisco workers went on strike 1969, all of the company’s factories in 13 cities closed for nearly two months.