In other candy news... Four hundred (400) BCTGM Local 6 members at Just Born, in Bethlehem, PA have been on strike since September 6, 2016. Local 6 has represented the candy workers at the plant since the 1950's.
Besides Marshmallow Peeps, Just Born is best known for its non-chocolate candy products Mike and Ike, Teenee Beanee jelly beans and Hot Tamales, however, in 2003, the company purchased the Goldenberg Candy Company, retaining its Philadelphia factory where BCTGM members also produce Goldenberg’s well-known (chocolate) Peanut Chews.
In contract negotiations that began in May, Just Born proposed eliminating the workers’ pension plan, and offered substandard market wage increases, while increasing the workers’ share of health insurance costs. The Union proposed modifications to the health insurance plan that they say would have offered the company substantial savings, but the company refused.
Just Born is a privately held, family-owned, company with sales of $230 million originally incorporated in 1923 in New York City. They currently operate out of Bethlehem, PA, where it’s been located since 1932.