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.

5 comments

  • William K Weston

    Go ahead and close it down and open a new one where people want to work for fair pay. Memphis needs another empty factory to add to it’s inventory. These folks get paid more than fair pay and want more.

    • John Snow

      William I have to agree with you, I am really surprised they have not already closed the plant. Maybe they have and are moving the equipment out at night. There are several hundred or more that would just love the chance to work there. With 1300 being laid off from Harrah’s Casino there are plenty of people who are willing to work.

  • Kevin Lewis

    Kellogg’s is still producing and going about it’s business while the worker’s at the Memphis plant have been locked out and have been without pay or benefit’s for all this time. Just because the labor board ruled Kellogg’s violated the law, Kellogg’s doesn’t think they did and now has the opportunity to drag this thing out in the courts for Lord knows how long. Before it’s over…the Memphis workers will probably lose more than Kellogg’s will. I don’t see how 240 or so soon to be ex-Thousandaires can win against a Billion Dollar Corporation whose main objective is to bust the Union. Kellogg’s is going to close this plant, re-open under another name and contract with that firm to produce the same product for them and probably hire the same workers for less money and benefits.

  • Voice of Reason

    If the folks picketing, or the other plants for that matter, think this is over, they are in for a HUGE surprise. Four words for you: “it’ll go to court”. Yeah….see you in two years!

  • Nonya Bidness

    Kellogg’s will slow walk this through the courts. Workers will be without paychecks for a couple more years. By the time they get the first hearing the workers will be begging to go back to work. They will never make up the lost wages all for the sake of a union that has so far been completely ineffective.

    And if they miss paying their union dues the union will tire of throwing money down a hole that doesn’t return anything.

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