MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The union representing Kellogg’s worker striking at a Memphis plant said they’re going back to work Dec. 27.
In a statement on Tuesday, the members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union announced they have voted to accept a new collective bargaining agreement, ending the strike. They call the contract a victory for workers, and Kellogg’s worker Michael Plasky said the strike was worth it.
“Well, no one can make cereal like we can make cereal,” Plasky said. “I mean union workers are dedicated and loyal. We’re compassionate about what we do because we care about what we do. Anytime you replace those who care about the product you’re making, you’re not going to get the same commitment and quality.”
The workers have been on strike since October after rejecting a previous offer from Kellogg’s.
The President of the BCTGM International, Anthony Shelton said, “Our striking members at Kellogg’s ready-to-eat cereal production facilities courageously stood their ground and sacrificed so much in order to achieve a fair contract. This agreement makes gains and does not include any concessions.”
The union highlighted the new five-year agreement includes:
– No takeaways; no concessions
– No permanent two-tier system
– A clear path to regular, full-time employment
– A significant increase in pension multiplier
– Plant closing moratorium: No plants shut down until October 2026
– Maintenance of cost of living raises
The Kellogg’s website said, “We are pleased that we have reached an agreement that brings our cereal employees back to work.”
Click here to see the full statement about Kellogg’s new five-year agreement with its workers.