Kellogg restarts talks with workers as strike enters seventh week

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Around 1,400 workers of the grain plant have been on strike since October 5.

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Talks are resuming Monday between the Kellogg company and a union representing some 1,400 grain plant workers who have been on strike for more than six weeks.

The workers, who have been on strike since October 5, are being represented by the International Union of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM). Talks between union leaders and Kellogg’s failed in early November after the two sides failed to reach an agreement and further talks were halted for weeks before Monday’s meeting.

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The ongoing strike involves Kellogg’s plants in four states and comes amid a halt of work affecting the private sector in the US, unique labor market conditions in the wake of the COVID-19 shock to the economy, including record-high labor losses. levels are included. Jobs has been associated with new employee activity in recent weeks.

“We look forward to getting back on the table and are committed to having a conversation in good faith,” Kellogg’s said in an update on Friday. “We hope we can reach an agreement soon so that our employees can get back to work and back to their lives.”

The union rejected an offer from Kellogg’s on November 4, saying in a statement at the time that the company’s “final, best and final offering does not achieve what has been sought by our members; wholly implied, completely An approximate route to gainful employment of all employees without any concessions.”

“The company has come to a standstill if the union accepts the company’s offer exactly as written,” the union statement said. “The Company’s offer was filled with terms and conditions that were acceptable to Kellogg’s. These terms and conditions are unacceptable to our members.”

After rejecting the union’s offer, Kellogg said it was continuing operations at the four plants where workers are on strike with hourly and salaried workers and “third-party resources that are producing the food.”

“The bottom line is that our proposals reflect what the union has told us are their primary concerns,” Kellogg’s chief of labor relations, Ken Hurley, said in a statement. “The union is not interested in revising its proposals or seeking constructive solutions to address the issues.”

Union and Kellogg’s did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for further comment.

Striking workers in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee help produce Kellogg cereals, including Rice Krispies, Raisin Bran, Fruit Loops, Corn Flakes, and Frosted Flakes, according to the union.

A separate strike at farm machinery giant John Deere ended just last week, after lasting more than a month. The new agreement gave John Deere workers an $8,500 signing bonus and a 20% increase in wages over the life of the contract, among other things, in a deal that some say will help new power workers through a post-pandemic labor market. are confiscated.

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