The Kellogg’s strike has finally come to an end.
The party representing striking workers at Kellogg Co. breakfast cereal plants has sought ratification with an agreement to end the 11-week work obstruction.
The new five-year contract has been approved for 1,400 workers who were involved, according to an announcement made last week after a tentative agreement. Kellogg has threatened to jeopardize the jobs of the workers on strike in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Michigan, inviting negative commentary from the current government administration.
President of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, Grain Millers International Union Anthony Shelton said Tuesday in a statement, “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,” he added.
The ratified deal “furthers our employees’ leading wages and benefits, with immediate, across-the-board wage increases and enhanced benefits for all,” said the company in a statement.
“We are pleased that we have reached an agreement that brings our cereal employees back to work,” stated Steve Cahillane, CEO of Kellogg Co. “We look forward to their return and continuing to produce our beloved cereal brands for our customers and consumers.”
A two-tier benefits system has been the most controversial issue. Workers hired after 2015 have been paid at a lower range than “legacy” employees. However, there would no longer be a permanent two-tiered system as per the collective negotiating deal that was ratified in vote during the weekend.
The party also said that it had sealed an assurance of no plant closures through October 26, “a clear path to regular full-time employment” and a “significant increase in the pension multiplier.”
The strike started October 5 after Kellogg workers from the four plants heard the new deal had faced a blockade. However, it has all been over after almost 3 months on December 21 and has reached the agreement that the parties have agreed upon.