Skip to comments.Senators Tell Kellogg to 'Act Swiftly' to End Memphis Lockout
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 Kelloggs 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 Kelloggs 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 Kelloggs workers work hard. They deserve nothing less than fair pay, benefits and full-time hours for their work.
They also note that, when our nations 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.
I asked Tony The Tiger what he thought about the new employees,he said, "THEY"RE GREEEEEAAAAAAT"
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.)
Why don’t the Senators hire them, as profit isn’t supposed to be an issue?
Ask Hostess how well the union worked out for them.
Isn’t that the same union that ended job-lock for the Hostess Cupcake workers?
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.
Yes it is,you can only make Strawberry Dounuts and Frosted Flakes if you pay union dues.
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
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?"
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.
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!
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.
“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?
Little sugar things.
That is what they call Frosted Flakes in Mexico.
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!
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.
Sherrod Brown is a putz.
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.
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.
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.
Kellogg’s is having a problem from this plant now (this is 2 years after this article) of one of the fellows that worked in the plant at this time urinating on the cereal. A video has came out. Just wanted this article updated.
Two years later, this plant produced Rice Crispy Treats that were contaminated by a person working here at this time.
Well I’ll be damned. I saw the unblurred video of this on another website a day or two ago— and I don’t remember where— and they implied it was in Mexico.
So this was in Memphis was it? Since the rotten pile of dung who did it obviously filmed himself then the state police should be able to track him down. Or the FDA cause after all they have their heavily armed SWAT team too.
Yeah, probable saw it on Liveleak, they are horrible on getting close to the truth in their titles.
Memphis is Memphis. I don’t think I want any of our food processed there to be honest. Sad thing is our family ate a lot of those rice crispy treat, now we wonder what sexual diseases were peppered upon them.
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