About 1,400 workers at Kellogg in Battle Creek and beyond have been on strike for nearly two months, demanding better wages and benefits. The strike might end soon, if his union members agreed to a new offer made by the grain company.
Under the new agreement, Kellogg’s is offering all workers a 3% raise under a five-year deal. The agreement also includes cost-of-living adjustments and maintains workers’ existing health benefits. Like many labor disputes in recent years, it also deals with a disputed two-tiered wage system, and Kellogg is now allowing workers with at least four years of experience to move into the higher wage category.
International Federation of Bakeries, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers President Anthony Shelton responded to the agreement in Permit.
“Late last night, BCTGM negotiators reached a tentative agreement with Kellogg on a new contract. In the coming days, local union officers on the negotiating committee will present the tentative agreement to their respective members who will then vote on the agreement on Sunday, December 5 at the destinations he specifies. Every local union.
I would like to thank and commend all the members of the Negotiating Committee for the many hours of very hard work in arriving at this principled agreement. As always in our union, the members will have the final say on the contract.”
According to the post rolling rock Article, Steve Cahillan, CEO of Kellogg’s, makes about $12 million a year, nearly 280 times the company average. Workers complain of harsh conditions — up to 84 hours a week — and say the two-tier system results in lower-class workers earning up to $40,000 less than higher-level workers, depending on overtime. (The company, which recently reported $4 billion in profits, is skeptical of these numbers, though it admitted rolling rock that it cut health care benefits for striking workers, and considered bringing in non-union workers.)
Kellogg workers will vote on the new contract on Sunday.