Dec 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Striking Kellogg's workers to return to work after ratifying tentative contract

Kellogg's Corn Flakes production line. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Unionized Kellogg's workers in four states voted to ratify a new contract Tuesday, ending a strike at the U.S. cereal company that has gone on since October.

Why it matters: The new, five-year contract covers about 1,400 workers at unionized plants in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. It includes a "clear path" to full-time employment and top-tier wages, per a release.

  • The contract also includes "across the board wage increases and enhanced benefits for" employees, according to the release. Kellogg will also provide pension multiplier increases.
  • Workers are slated to return to work after the holidays.

The backdrop: More than a thousand Kellogg's workers at all of the company's U.S. cereal plants went on strike starting Oct. 5 to seek a "fair contract" after the previous one expired.

  • The plants haven't operated at full capacity due to the strikes and difficulty finding temporary labor. The company announced a plan to replace the employees on strike after workers initially rejected a tentative agreement.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) traveled to Michigan last week to rally with striking employees, later tweeting that Kellogg's was "choosing corporate greed over the workers they once called 'heroes.'"

What they're saying: "Our entire Union commends and thanks Kellogg's members," The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union wrote in a statement.

  • "From picket line to picket line, Kellogg's union members stood strong and undeterred in this fight, inspiring generations of workers across the globe."
  • "We look forward to their return and continuing to produce our beloved cereal brands for our customers and consumers," Steve Cahillane, Kellogg's CEO, said in a statement.
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