Workers hoping to negotiate a packaged food maker what the trade union calls a ‘fair contract’ for workers
About 1,400 Kellogg Company grain plant workers went on strike Tuesday in hopes of negotiating a packaged food maker a labor union called a “fair contract” for workers.
The Fruit Loops cereal maker has been negotiating the terms of payment and benefits of a new contract — the current one expired at midnight on Monday — with union workers for some time.
Anthony Shelton, president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, said Kellogg’s demanded workers give up quality health care, retirement benefits and vacation and vacation pay.
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Shelton said Kellogg has threatened to send additional jobs to Mexico if workers do not accept his offers.
However, Kellogg’s, which brings in about a third of its sales from grain, said its compensation and benefits for US grain plant workers were the industry’s best.
Kellogg’s spokesman Chris Bahner said: “We are disappointed by the union’s decision to strike… our proposal includes pay increases and benefits for our employees.”
The company also said that it is implementing contingency plans to deal with supply disruptions, including through internal and third-party resources.
Workers strike at plants in Battle Creek, Michigan, Omaha, Nebraska, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Memphis, Tennessee.
The union asked people to join the strike in posters that looked like an angry version of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes mascot, Tony the Tiger. Photos on social media showed several workers holding banners outside facilities.
“The company has a pretty good idea of how long they’re prepared to hold off and we’re going to stand up fast for as long as we have to,” said Daniel Osborne, president of the local union in Omaha. Already for 18 hours.