Kellogg’s Union Leaders Talk About Lock Out

A contract dispute between Kellogg’s and its 225 local union workers started late last year and those employees remain locked out of the plant.

We recently learned employees average about $28 an hour and get a pension and full health coverage but in return often work extra days for the plant.

Kellogg’s says it won’t touch the pay and benefits of current workers, but it does want to lower both for future hires.

Union members say they’ve dealt fairly with the company and don’t think they should be locked out.

James Rivers is an International Representative for the workers’ union, he’s here with local union rep Kevin Bradshaw.

7 comments

  • Thomas H. Evans

    The union leaders that appeared on your program this morning are simply leading these people down a road of no return. Their excuse for doing what they are doing, especially for the people already employed makes absolutely no sense. Their argument is that it isn’t fair that new hires will be working next to people making twice as much as they would be making; so what cave have they been living in? This happens everyday when somebody is a new hire, or at least it should. And their pitch about over time going to the new hires because it would be cheaper for Kellogg, but they have nothing to show that it would happen the way they say, yet these people are stupid enough to throw away what they now have for what “might” happen. Shame on Lee Harris and Steve Mulroy for misleading these people who are going to end up with no jobs at all, then what?

    • Harold M

      First of all if not in a UNION then you don’t need to talk about what the brothers and sister have gain for there next UNION brother and sister and you are scared to stand up fight for what is right I’m a proud UNION member tell the day I die. And you can give the UNION back your weekends and have your young children go work in the factory like in the early 1900 I’m UNION proud and saying it loud

      • Bob Lewis

        Harold, you as a life long union member can you answer one question I have been asking for a long time, Why should I have to join a union if a “scab” is willing to work for less that sounds like a win/win for the company and the guy looking to feed his family that’s why I like right to work laws because I think union should be a choice not required for employment

    • Patrick Casy

      Mr Thomas, the stuff Kellogg’s is trying to negotiate is a Master Contract issue and we are negotiating a local contract that mainly deal with overtime rule. So here is the problem, if you have a mortgage loan locked in at a certain interest rate and your mortgage company tell you they need more money for their CEO’s (which Kellogg’s CEO makes 6.7B a year) and they are going up on your mortgage by 20/30% and if you don’t sign the new contract they are going to lock you out of your house what would you do? So please tell me when do you stop corporate greed?

  • Gail B.

    You need to get all the facts before passing judgment. The Union workers make the money they do and work the 28 days and OT because Kellogg asked them to and agreed to it in a contract. Kellogg has an agreement to hire 30% casual or temp workers in place right now in the Master contract, but they want to negotiate away from the National Master contract at this Local facility in an effort to eliminate the middle class jobs held by the Union workers. Don’t let Kellogg flim-flam you… they also told these workers in their contract that they would not lock them out, but they did.

  • Concerned Employee

    “Work extra days at the plant”? That’s an understatement if I ever heard one. Does anyone outside of this company understand what it’s like to work 28 days or more in a row? How about having plans after work but missing them because you can be forced to work overtime. We put up with these conditions because it’s a give-and-take. Yes, we make great money and benefits, but it comes at a cost.

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