Kellogg’s Workers Say Board Ruling Is Big Victory

(Memphis) It looks like the Kellogg company and the union representing workers are headed to court.

The National Labor Relations Board ruled the cereal maker broke the law during its negotiations with union employees.

Kellogg says it didn’t.

The employees standing on the picket line, however, say this is good news.

The chief negotiator for the bakery and grain union representing locked out Kellogg employees say yesterday’s ruling from the NLRB is a win for them.

The board ruled the Kellogg company violated the National Labor Relations Act during bargaining by trying to bargain on things that were already settled.

“The company keeps trying to put up smoke and mirrors about what they want as far as the contract but they’re bargaining over things that have already been settled in the master agreement,” said Anthony Shelton, chief negotiator for Kellogg’s employees.

Kelloggs wants to change the bargaining agreement to hire more part-time workers at lower salaries and benefits than current employees.

Current employees believe that’s a step in the wrong direction for workers.

Either way, Mayor AC Wharton says he’s hopeful the labor board’s ruling means an end to the lock out is near.

Wharton said, “I am eager to see the whole dispute brought to some kind of end. I did talk to the Kellogg people to no real avail. They were courteous and I along with Councilwoman Halbert will keep trying to get everybody to sit down.”

Meanwhile, Kellogg’s take on the matter is that the board’s ruling isn’t the final say and doesn’t mean the workers are right.

Kellogg has a right to appeal before an administrative judge and said in a statement they look forward to presenting our considerable evidence on this issue.

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