The Kellogg Company filed a lawsuit against its local union in Omaha, alleging that striking workers were threatening replacements and blocking the entrance as soon as they entered the plant.

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The company, based in Battle Creek, Michigan, asked a judge to order the Omaha chapter of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union to stop interfering with its business while workers protested outside the plant. Huh. Along with those striking in Omaha, workers at three other Kellogg’s US grain plants have been on strike since October 5.

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Company spokeswoman Chris Baner said: “We respect the right of employees to legally state their position in this matter. We placed a temporary restraining order to help ensure the safety of all individuals around the plant. demanded, including picketers.” Thursday.

The president of the Omaha union declined to comment. court case, the Associated Press reported.

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In the lawsuit, Kellogg’s said union members physically blocked the entrance to the plant while semi-trucks and buses tried to enter and leave. Additionally, the company reported that some striking employees threatened the lives of workers at the plant. This includes “threats that a man’s wife and young children will be attacked (including sexually) when he is away from home to work with Kellogg’s.”

Talks held earlier this month failed to reach a settlement even after two days. The union had refused to vote on Kellogg’s PR campaign for attempting to sell workers on its latest proposal. On Thursday, Kellogg said the offer to the union has now expired. No additional talks have been scheduled.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Kellogg’s lawsuit comes after died after being hit by a vehicle A United Auto Workers member in late October as he was walking on a picket line to join striking workers outside a John Deere distribution plant in northwest Illinois. an iowa Judge issued temporary stay order Against Deere activists in Davenport limiting their demonstrations to four pickets at a time.

Ken Hurley, head of labor relations at Kellogg’s, said in a video that the company posted on its Website That Kellogg’s in its proposal seeks to address the union’s main concerns about a two-tier pay system, pay and benefits.

“We have made every effort to build a bridge toward a new agreement, but those efforts have been met with denial and more unrealistic demands,” Hurley said in the video. “We urge the union to reconsider its approach and agree to engage in the real bargain for a contract to get our employees back to work and back to their lives.”

Union officials told workers after those contract talks that they could not recommend Kellogg’s offer because it was full of concessions.

Kellogg’s strike involved about 1,400 workers at four plants in Battle Creek; Omaha; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Memphis, Tennessee, which makes all brands of Kellogg’s cereal, including Frosted Flakes and Apple Jack.

The company has said that it has resumed production at all plants with salaried employees and outside workers and is now recruiting new employees at the plants. CEO Steven Kahlen also told investors earlier this month when the company reported a quarterly profit of $307 million, which was already on hand to help Kellogg’s stockpiled grains weather the strike.

Employees at Kellogg’s and other companies feel excited to go on strike this year, in hopes of getting a better offer because of the ongoing staff shortage.

In addition to Kellogg’s strike, over 10,000 Deere workers are on strike after the tractor maker rejected two separate offers.

Employees are also unwilling to settle this year after working long hours during the coronavirus pandemic to meet demand over the past 18 months.

Earlier this year, about 600 food workers at a Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas went on strike and 1,000 others left their jobs at five Nabisco plants across the US. for employees.