The Kellogg Company has decided to replace the 1, 400 workers who have been on strike since October, 5, 2021, after they collectively rejected the deal which would’ve provided them three per cent raise.
The Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union started the strike on October 5, 2021 in Memphis, which extended to Battle Creek, Michigan, Omaha, Nebraska, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The strike was a result of a disagreement between the Union and the Company on the two-tier wage system, health care, holidays, retirement benefits, cost-of-living adjustments, and vacation time.
The Company maintains the deal was reasonable and it had been hoping for a reconciliation with the workers soon.
However, after making every effort to reach a fair agreement, it believes the workers’ expectations, in terms of benefits, are unrealistic. The workers have reasoned that they deserve a proper raise because they not only work 80 hours a week, but had kept the plants functioning even while the pandemic was raging.
The extended work stoppage has left the Company with no choice but to hire permanent workers to replace the striking ones.
The rejection of the deal was a unanimous decision by all the workers, according to the local union head.
The Union also doubts the feasibility of the Company’s plan to replace workers, given the fact that about 1,400 workers are involved in the strike. It feels it would be quite a challenge to replace the strikers in Memphis itself, leave alone all the protesting workers across the country.