Judge orders Kellogg’s to let locked-out workers back in

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A judge has ordered Kellogg’s to let locked-out employees return to work.

U.S. District Judge Samuel ‘Hardy’ Mays agreed with the National Labor Relations Board, which claimed the company illegally locked out more than 200 workers nine months ago.

Mays’ injunction also orders Kellogg’s to return to negotiations with the workers’ union. He did not, however, rule on a back pay request.

Kellogg’s has a five-day window to organize schedules.

Talks broke down last fall after the company said it wanted to bring in a some “casual workers” at a lower pay. In his ruling, Mays said Kellogg’s engaged in unfair labor practices when it locked out employees.

Thursday, those workers were celebrating the victory, but said they weren’t ready to leave the picket line in front of the plant just yet.

They say until Kellogg’s opens the front gates and officially welcomes them back, they’ll be staying put.

“Although the judge ruled in our favor,  I won’t be happy  until those gates open because then I can go to work,” said Nathaniel Bogan.

The locked-out workers will be going back to working making the same hourly wages.

Kellogg’s released this statement:

“On April 15, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a petition for an injunction in federal court seeking to bring Kellogg’s employees in Memphis back to work and end the lockout, returning employees to work under the expired contract.

This evening, July 30, U.S. District Judge Mays ruled to grant the injunction and ordered Kellogg to return Memphis employees to work, and we continue to thoroughly review the ruling.

We look forward to our employees returning to work, but we are disappointed that we have been unable to reach an agreement with the union, and that the underlying litigation will continue.

We stand by our position that our proposals are entirely lawful and appropriate for local negotiations, however we will fully comply with the order.”

13 comments

    • Max Wallace

      Unfortunately that’s probably whats going to happen, All parties share in the blame for whatever happens sure there is corporate greed but unions are also greedy.

    • Howard Shine

      I applaud the decision by the judge. More unions should take heed .These companies are getting away with too much while filling their pockets.Hats off .to the workers Keep up the fight.

  • Thisaintit

    Man if I had a dollar…..just one dollar for every ignorant statement made on this site……I’d be rich as hell

  • Godwin

    Paul are you really serious!!! I don’t know exactly what part of the universe you live in but to suggest that a business should park its stuff and leave Memphis just because the families that built it are fighting for their right, is soooo dumb. You should be ashamed of yourself. Those 228 employees have not asked Kellogg for pay raise or more benefit. If fact they did not make any demands from Kellogg!! Kellogg took everything and locked them out due to corporate greed! And you sound like one of them. But just know that no condition is permanent even for you.

  • Don

    Godwin,
    Those 228 employees have not asked Kellogg for pay raise or more benefit. If fact they did not make any demands from Kellogg!
    More than likely the 228 were not doing their of their share of the work load the production were and they were making the same pay scale. If this is true, Kellogg had every right to lock them out.
    You might need to know how much their salary was before they were locked out.
    The Judge May has given Kellogg a reason to pull out.
    If they do I will still buy Kellogg’s products, and the only thing that will change The third world city named Memphis will not get the taxes they pay.
    Tennessee is a right to work state, but you have to give a days work to get a days pay. do that and you don’t get locked out. Simple…..

  • Howard Shine

    Whomever this Godwin person is you have a right to your opinion,you must have never worked on a union job or you are a manager.These companies want more more more and people are tired of the bull these companies are putting down. Time out with these slavery ideas.You sound like a Republican

  • LadyDee

    The border is wide open under this administration .. to let illegals .. oh sorry .. “Dreamers” in… They come from countries where they make >> $3 a day << And were surprised when they will work for $6hr ? Anyone asked Steve Cohen about that? More poor Americans will still be poor but we have to let the "Dreamers" in .. Cohen will always "give: you a fish but he'll never want to "teach" you to fish.. Now go have fun walking over the new $15 million bike bridge to Arkansas while the "Dreamers" work for $5 hr all day long .. It was a nice run Kellog's … Hostess could not be reached for comment ….

  • msmurphy2u

    Wow there are angry republicans trolling for message boards to spout off about hard working people. Unions would not have had to form if employers were fair. But sentiments such as this fall on deaf ears of republicans/conservatives/teaparty. Why would you lockout the very employees that helped build you up and hire ‘casual’ labor…they are casual for a reason.

  • Jerry H

    Wait till AC Wharton and Kellog’s pushes employees to ACA (Obamacare) .. their is a reason this administration keeps pushing the deadlines back .. I’z got mine !

  • Jon

    Its going to be sad to see those large Kelloggs lights turned off for the last time but due to the greed of unions and the incompetent work force what choice will they have but to shut it down.

  • Tom B

    Kelloggs is as good as gone. Then the workers may see that they are not as valuable as the think they are.

  • Bryant Brooks

    “Memphis will have infinite time to decide what to do with the vacant property where the Kellogg plant stood for years,” says the Mayor. (2015)

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