Union workers at four Kellog’s cereal plants in the United States voted to accept a new contract that would end the 11-week work stoppage.
The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) announced in a statement that its members across four states approved the latest five-year collective bargaining agreement, ending the strike that began on Oct. 5.
“Our striking members at Kellogg’s ready-to-eat cereal production facilities courageously stood their ground and sacrificed so much in order to achieve a fair contract. This agreement makes gains and does not include any concessions,” BCTGM International President Anthony Shelton said.
The contract covers approximately 1,400 union-represented employees at four cereal plants in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Omaha, Nebraska; and Memphis, Tennessee.
According to BCTGM, agreement includes no concessions and no takeaways from the union, no permanent two-tier system, a clear path to regular full-time, a moratorium on plant shut downs through October 2026, a significant increase in the pension multiplier, and maintenance of cost of living raises.
“We are pleased that we have reached an agreement that brings our cereal employees back to work,” Kellog’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Cahillane said in a statement.
“We look forward to their return and continuing to produce our beloved cereal brands for our customers and consumers,” Cahillane further said.
Kellog’s said employees will return to work the week of Dec. 27.
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