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Senators Tell Kellogg to 'Act Swiftly' to End Memphis Lockout
AFL-CIO ^ | 3/07/2014 | Mike Hall

Posted on 03/07/2014 3:31:40 PM PST by mdittmar

A group of five U.S. senators have joined the growing chorus of influential voices, telling the Kellogg Co. to end its nearly five-month lockout of more than 220 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., cereal production facility.

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G members who make Frosted Flakes®, Froot Loops® and other breakfast favorites were locked out as part of the drive by the company to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs with casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.

In a letter to Kellogg’s CEO John Bryant, Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) urged Bryant to “act swiftly” to end the lockout.

Many of these hardworking individuals have been employed by Kellogg’s for decades. They have made their career working for your company. Yet rather than being rewarded for their hard work and loyalty, they have been forced off the job…Kellogg’s workers work hard. They deserve nothing less than fair pay, benefits and full-time hours for their work.

They also note that, when our nation’s inequality gap continues to grow, replacing good-paying middle-class jobs with lower-wage, casual workers should not be the corporate standard.”

Read the full letter here.

The workers have received support from national politicians, religious leaders, civil rights organizations and international labor groups, including the Congressional Black Caucus, the NFL Players Association, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations, the National Action Network and others.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey; US: Ohio; US: Oregon; US: Pennsylvania; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: aflcio; kellogg; kelloggs; memphis; mikehall; newjersey; ohio; oregon; pennsylvania; tennessee; walkoutinmemphis
Look for the union label;)

I asked Tony The Tiger what he thought about the new employees,he said, "THEY"RE GREEEEEAAAAAAT"

1 posted on 03/07/2014 3:31:40 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Look for the union a-holes: Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)


2 posted on 03/07/2014 3:42:10 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: mdittmar

Why don’t the Senators hire them, as profit isn’t supposed to be an issue?


3 posted on 03/07/2014 3:45:27 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: mdittmar

Ask Hostess how well the union worked out for them.


4 posted on 03/07/2014 3:47:08 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: mdittmar

Isn’t that the same union that ended job-lock for the Hostess Cupcake workers?


5 posted on 03/07/2014 3:47:18 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: mdittmar

If they’ve been able to lock them out for five months then they doubtless have an offshore facility or a plant in another state making the same product. So, they don’t need it anymore. I’d say close it. Then, in a year, open it and hire new staff.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 3:50:03 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Yes it is,you can only make Strawberry Dounuts and Frosted Flakes if you pay union dues.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 4:00:09 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Not a one of those senators actually from that state involved. A bunch of leftie teat sucking pols trying to make union thugs happy.

Since this is an ongoing dispute I would merely suggest that Kellogg ignore the outsiders and continue on with what is best for both the workers and the company.... and the consumer as well


8 posted on 03/07/2014 4:00:50 PM PST by Nifster
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To: NewHampshireDuo
members who make Frosted Flakes®, Froot Loops® and other breakfast favorites

That's right, they USED to make Twinkies, until the union killed the company.

The union's new motto: "Why be punished with a job?"

9 posted on 03/07/2014 4:01:40 PM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Gen.Blather
They built up huge inventories anticipating problems and have managers training new workers to run the plant equipment. It ain't rocket science.

They make big bucks. Free insurance. No copays. The changes the company wants is only for new hires. The union says no, so they locked them out.

10 posted on 03/07/2014 4:03:01 PM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: mdittmar

Oh please. These Union members make almost $30 dollars and are not working because they don’t want Kellog’s to hire non-union members for less.

How good does these Unions have it to protest over non-union pay!


11 posted on 03/07/2014 4:06:34 PM PST by RginTN
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To: blackdog

Having been raised in a union family, been in a union and worked at a union facility as a non-union engineer, I’m 100% against unions. I saw union thugery at work all three times. The IBEW sent a couple of heavies to convince my dad to drop out of a union election. He met the with his hand on a gun and ran them off. He lost. He said they did the changed who did the counting. The Retail Clerks ran the chain I worked at out of business, so we all lost our jobs. As an engineer, I had union guys pull tricks on me so they could accuse me of breaking rules. The accusation netted them an extra $250 each in penalties and I got written up. Unions are evil.


12 posted on 03/07/2014 4:13:39 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: mdittmar

“casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.”

Isn’t that the effect of 0bamacare; which all of these senators voted for?


13 posted on 03/07/2014 4:16:52 PM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: RightGeek

Zucaritas!

Little sugar things.

That is what they call Frosted Flakes in Mexico.


14 posted on 03/07/2014 4:21:52 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Democrats have destroyed more cities than Godzilla)
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To: RginTN

Well,I work for a non union compamy,get 7 weeks paid vacation,full benifits,profit sharing,Full Health care,went up because of obamacare,unions can bite me!


15 posted on 03/07/2014 4:22:28 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks mdittmar.
Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
All Demwits, all from other states. Another breakfast food flashback to Upchuck Schumer, who attacked cold cereal makers because in NY state the product cost over $4 a box. Not a peep out of the *ssh*l* about NY state sales taxes. How about gasoline? NY state excise tax is something Upchuck should have (and still should be) concerned about. Oh, but wait -- taxes benefit him and his. Demagogic Party / Partisan Media Shills ping.
16 posted on 03/07/2014 4:24:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mdittmar

Sherrod Brown is a putz.


17 posted on 03/07/2014 4:32:34 PM PST by madison10
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To: SunkenCiv
Another breakfast food flashback to Upchuck Schumer, who attacked cold cereal makers because in NY state the product cost over $4 a box. Not a peep out of the *ssh*l* about NY state sales taxes.

I'm certainly no Chuckie Schumer fan, but technically the NYS sales tax does not apply to most food, including dry cereals. However, there are certainly other NYS economic policies which tend to drive food prices up.

18 posted on 03/07/2014 6:34:26 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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After a LOT of searching finally found out what this plant produces.:

Apple Jacks, Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes and Fruit Loops.

American journalism-——a low-fact product.


19 posted on 03/07/2014 8:30:36 PM PST by Rockpile
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To: Rockpile

The DIMocRATs who wrote that letter voted for nobamacare which is part of the problem. What complete asshats. They all are an embarrassment to the human race.


20 posted on 03/08/2014 9:31:35 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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