Kellogg’s lays off 1,400 workers after two-month strike over 3% pay raise

The decision to lay off employees after months of disagreements between the grain giant and the Baker, Candy, Tobacco and International Grain Milling Union in the US

Affected plants also supply popular cereals Apple Jacks and Frosted Flakes
Affected plants also supply popular cereals including Apple Jacks and Frosted Flakes

More than a thousand Kellogg’s Workers on strike since October will be laid off, the grain giant said.

The company announced it would permanently replace 1,400 US employees after the bulk of the grain mill’s workforce rejected a deal to raise wages by 3%.

The International Union of Baker, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Mill Workers (BCTGM) said the vast majority of workers voted against the five-year offer.

Employees say they deserve a higher pay raise because they often work more than 80 hours a week and keep the company afloat for the time being. Disease.

Employees have been on strike since October 5 at plants in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

They make all of the company’s popular cereal brands, including Apple Jacks and Frosted Flakes. The strike is expected to continue – with several US stores reporting stock shortages since October due to staff absenteeism.

Talk to Guardians, Michigan employee Trevor Bidelman describes it as “the fight for our future”.

“We only work seven days a week, sometimes 100 to 130 days in a row,” he said.

“For 28 days, the machines run, then take a three-day break to clean. They don’t even treat us as well as they do with their machines.”

The union president, Anthony Shelton, added: “Members have spoken out. The strike continues.

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“The International Alliance will continue to fully support our distinguished Kellogg’s members.”

The workers say they are also resisting a proposed two-tier system that would allow newer workers at factories to be paid less and with fewer benefits.

Kellogg’s said it will now move on with a plan to begin hiring permanent replacements for striking workers.

Chris Hood, president of Kellogg North America, said: “While certainly not the outcome we expected, we must take the necessary steps to ensure business continuity.

“We have an obligation to our customers and consumers to continue offering the grains they know and love.”

Earlier this year, about 600 food workers went on strike at a Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas, and another 1,000 quit their jobs at five Nabisco plants across the United States.

In another recent strike, more than 10,000 Deere workers received a 10% increase and improved benefits, but those increases came after workers continued to strike for a month and rejected two offers. from the company.

The proposal Kellogg’s workers rejected was the first they voted on since the strike began.

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