Kellogg/Union Dispute Has No Resolution In Future

(Memphis) After nearly five months of being locked out of their jobs at the Kellogg’s plant in Memphis, the NAACP’S Memphis president announces the company wants to resume negotiations with workers.

However, WREG is hearing a different story from both the union that represents the workers and the company itself.

Reverend Keith Norman held up a letter at the NAACP Gala last night that he claimed said Kellogg wanted to return to the bargaining table with locked out workers.

Friday, we learned that letter may not mean a whole lot.

Outside the Memphis Kellogg’s plant workers are still on the picket line and referred our questions about negotiations resuming to union bosses.

WREG talked to a bakery and grain union leader by phone.

They call the letter the NAACP Memphis president received Kellogg propaganda.

They say people like Al Sharpton and others inquiring about the lock-out received similar letters from the cereal maker.

The union says it is still fighting for a contract that doesn’t add so many temporary workers to the company and reinstated their old health care benefits.

Meanwhile, Kellogg also responded to a WREG web story about the NAACP president’s announcement talks were resuming.

The company wrote it wants employees back to work as soon as possible but, “The status of our negotiations with the BCTGM however, has not changed. “

The company says employees are paid extremely well and changes for newer workers to stay competitive.

So for now, the company parking lot remains empty with Kellogg employees standing on the other side of the gate along the highway trying to gain support for their cause.

“I wish them good luck, yes I do. I know they got a family and everything, you know,” said Juanita Teel, Kellogg employee supporter.

The bakery and grain union is awaiting word from the National Labor Relations Board. They’ve asked the board to declare the lock-out illegal.

The board has yet to rule.

7 comments

  • Voice of Reason

    Sounds pretty simple to me. The average Kellogg employee is getting paid an AVERAGE of $30 per hour to make, bag, and distribute cereal (straight pay, not including overtime or holiday pay). People that affect our well being make a lot less, such as nurses, teachers, our military men and women, etc. Sounds like Kellogg’s wants to drop the starting wage for new employees by $4 per hour. I don’t see the issue. Ask a guy flipping burgers if he’d like to work at Kellogg’s at even the reduced rate. Bet he shows up at the front before his or her spatula hits the grill!

    • Munford Molly

      If the guy flipping burgers wanted a job at Kellogg’s all he would have to do is apply and take the test. Guess he wasn’t interested. Your right alot of these people do make less money but don’t blame the workers of Kellogg’s for making good money. Kelloggs makes 14.8 BILLON dollors a year. They can afford to pay their employee’s well. After all the employee’s are the ones that makes the products that make them all that money. And these employee’s work 7 days a week also. Most people wouldn’t do that.

      • Voice of Reason

        There are people waiting in line to work at Kellogg’s because of the high pay for the simple jobs they are required to perform. Do you mean to tell me that if you had a company, would would split evenly the profits made between each employee? Just because a company makes “billions” of dollars, doesn’t mean it owes its employees an equal share. If you’re in Memphis and striking right now, I hope you take advantage of your time off and get an education in English grammar. Good grief…

  • David Carter

    As always in situations like this. A christian preacher or two has to pop up, claiming to solve all. They can’t explain why Black people are still at the bottom in this country after 400 years. Do they or do they not have a direct line to God? No!

    • Voice of Reason

      And AGAIN the race card is pulled out. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but the President of the United States is a black guy! His cabinet has more blacks and women on it than at any other point in American history. Nope, I am not going to buy this repression garbage. It’s not a race thing; it’s a money thing. Pull your head out…

  • DB

    One commentor, who can’t spell “billion” properly, seems to think that companies only exist to transfer their profits to their employees. That man (or woman) needs to take a course in how corporations actually work.
    The union hates temporary workers because those workers aren’t dues paying union members. From what I’ve seen this isn’t about any existing union worker losing their job or drastically seeing their pay cut. It’s about everyone having to pay more for their ever increasing healthcare costs, and the fact that a 2-tier wage structure with new permanent hires getting paid less than existing union members that strikes to the very heart of the union mantra that everyone in the union gets paid the same. When the union can’t guarantee this they end up with very unhappy members who start to question why even have a union at all?

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