Kellogg, the federation of cereal workers resumes negotiations amid strike


Agreement talks between Kellogg and the union, which represents more than 1,000 striking cereal workers, resumed for the second time Monday.

Kellogg & Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which has overseas employees at plants in Omaha, Nebraska; Battle Creek, Michigan; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; And Memphis, Tennessee, agreed earlier this month to return to the bargaining table after the union rejected Kellogg’s “final best offer.”

“We look forward to going back to the table and commit to negotiating in good faith,” Kellogg said in a statement.

Employees – fed up with an assortment of pay and benefits issues – have been on strike since early October, threatening the supply of namesake brands such as Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes and Apple Jack, and urging Cyril manufacturers to “continue operating with others.”

Last week, the company said it was hiring to “tap into our global manufacturing network and expertise” in addition to “hiring current roles” at four of the company’s well-known brands of cereals.

Kellogg claims in a new lawsuit that workers who strike with a local union in Omaha are physically blocking access to its cereal plant and threatening replacement workers when they enter the facility.

The strike may increase food-supply shortages in stores that are already disappointing.
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The company said in a lawsuit that people picketing outside the plant threatened the lives of working people, “assaulting a man’s wife and young children (including sex) while they are away from home working with Kellogg.”

Kellogg said he is “hoping to reach an agreement soon so our employees can get back to work and get back to their lives.”

The two sides tried to negotiate new terms earlier this month but the union rejected Kellogg’s final proposal, which concluded at midnight on November 11, which was “full of terms and conditions acceptable to Kellogg” but “unacceptable to our members.”

“The company’s last great and final offer did not achieve what union members were asking for: a predictable path to full established employment without takeaways,” a union spokesman previously told LOVEBYLIFE Business.

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Some replacement workers have accused the strike workers of assaulting and threatening them.
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“The BCTGM negotiating committee has proposed progress on the company’s two-tiered system on a timely basis, the union argues, deciding how many years the employee will be with the company.

Meanwhile, Kellogg’s argues that its final proposal addresses the “primary concern” of the union and that the union has no interest or willingness to reconsider its proposals or seek “creative solutions to resolve the issues” to end ongoing contract negotiations.

The company claims that the union rejected its final offer without presenting it to employees.

“We have asked the union to vote for this proposal for our employees,” said Kellogg CEO Steve Cahillen. “The union immediately rejected it and told us that they would not put it before employees for a vote.

Cahillen, who was once president of Coca-Cola Americas, became CEO of Kellogg in 2017.

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