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Kellogg to resume talks with striking workers' union after jobs threat

Nov 25, 2021 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --

Kellogg and the striking workersaEUR(TM) union at four US plants have agreed to resume talks after the cereal maker threatened to hire permanent replacements.

The Special K owner put out a statement on Tuesday (23 November) amid failed negotiations to reach a settlement over pay, health and retirement benefits in an industrial dispute stretching back to 5 October.

aEURoeWe will continue to run our plants effectively with hourly and salaried employees, third-party resources, and temporary replacements, and now where appropriate, hire permanent replacements,aEUR Kellogg said on Tuesday.

aEURoeOur first choice is to have our employees return to work. We continue to welcome those who choose to return to work, as we have since the strike began.aEUR

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) then aEURoereached outaEUR to Kellogg on Wednesday, the Corn Flakes brand owner said in an update, adding the two parties had agreed to hold two-days of talks next week on 30 November and 1 December.

Negotiations started on 8 September over new so-called master labour contract proposals by Kellogg, which have been followed by a series of counter proposals and rejections by the union representing workers at sites in Nebraska, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

BCTGM had previously claimed Kellogg has threatened to aEURoesend additional jobs to Mexico if workers do not accept outrageous proposals that take away protections that workers have had for decadesaEUR, a claim the cereals maker contested.

Less than two weeks ago, Kellogg filed a lawsuit in Omaha, Nebraska, against some of its striking workers alleging intimidation of its staff who continued to work.

The Fruit Loops owner responded with a statement: aEURoeWe respect the right of employees to lawfully communicate their position in this matter. We sought a temporary restraining order to help ensure the safety of all individuals in the vicinity of the plant, including the picketers themselves.aEUR

On Tuesday this week, Kellogg said it had aEURoepresented a concept that provides immediate aEUR~graduationaEUR(TM) to legacy for all employees with four or more years of serviceaEUR to the union the previous day.

However, the company added: aEURoeWe are disappointed for our employees that the union was not prepared to reach any agreement nor put our latest proposal to a vote, and that it asked to delay further negotiations to the week of December 6. The company remains ready and willing and able to meet with the union.aEUR
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