Work at all of Kellogg Company’s US cereal facilities came to a standstill on Tuesday when around 1,400 workers went on strike. Workers stood outside Kellogg plants with strike signs — one sign was a cardboard cutout of Frosted Flakes mascot, “Tony the Tiger”, with the words “I’m Greedy.”
Omaha, Nebraska, Battle Creek, Michigan, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Memphis, Tennessee are among the plants on strike. According to Daniel Osborn, president of the local union in Omaha, the union and Kellogg have been at odds at the bargaining table for more than a year. Different salary and benefit problems are at stake in the dispute, including losing premium health care, holiday and vacation pay, and decreased retirement benefits.
Kellogg claims that its offer is reasonable and that it will raise pay and benefits for its employees, who earned an average of $120,000 per year last year. The firm also said that it is “implementing contingency plans” to keep supply disruptions to a minimum for customers.
The plants remained operational during the pandemic, but employees claim that staff put in 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, to keep production going when so many people were out due to the virus.
Kellogg says they are unhappy with the union’s strike decision and offer competitive pay and benefits to its employees in the US.
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