Four Kellogg Co. plants are on strike after the contract with the union representing their workers ran out.
Kellogg is undergoing strikes at its facilities in Battle Creek, Mich., its corporate headquarters; Lancaster, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn., and Omaha, Neb. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union called the strike after its contract ran out at midnight Oct. 5.
Points of contention involve Kellogg allegedly sending jobs outside the U.S.; the company wanting to impose a two-tier plan with lower wages and benefits for new hires; and working with no time off, at least at the height of the pandemic.
“During 9 months of the pandemic Kellogg’s made $390 billion in revenue and the top 25 executives make more than the 1,500 workers combined,” the union said in a statement. “Workers are asking the company to lower insurance costs, and not to force a two-tier hiring system that would lock new hires into a low-wage path in perpetuity.”
The company said in its own statement: “Our current proposals not only maintain industry-leading pay and benefits for employees, but offer significant increases in wages, benefits and retirement.”