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Union busting cereal-maker Kellogg’s locks out workers fighting for fair contract

NYHTC - April 10, 2014 Share/Save/Bookmark

On October 22, 2013 Kellogg's locked out their union employees for rejecting the company's efforts to impose a plan under which all new workers would be employed as casual and part time with no assurance of work, significantly lower pay and a dramatic cut in benefits. Kellogg's calls this 'The New Workforce of the Future'.

The company proposed the ultimatum while the 2012 Master Agreement was still in effect. Kevin Bradshaw, president of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ Local 252G, has said the lockout is part of a plan to get rid of the union. “If we win in Memphis, they have to wait until the master contract expires to make these changes...If we lose in Memphis, it’s going everywhere,” says Bradshaw. The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against the company for violating federal labor law.

Kelloggs, like so many of their anti-union contemporaries, is claiming that the rights and benefits awarded to workers by the union contract are antithetical to the "workforce of the future." It's as if to say the decline of unions' influence and erosion of workers' rights are inevitable, and the unions should stop trying to impede the change.

Follow this link to learn more and sign a petition against these egregious actions http://www.kellogggreed.com

For further information visit http://www.iuf.org/w/?q=node/3267 and http://labornotes.org/2014/01/kelloggs-delivers-memphis-slap-face