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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Work at all of the Kellogg Company’s U.S. cereal plants came to a halt Tuesday as roughly 1,400 workers went on strike, but it wasn’t immediately clear how much the supply of Frosted Flakes or any of the company’s other iconic brands would be disrupted.


The strike includes plants in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Omaha, Nebraska; Battle Creek, Michigan; and Memphis, Tennessee.
The union and the Battle Creek-based company have been at an impasse at the bargaining table for more than a year, said Daniel Osborn, president of the local union in Omaha. The dispute involves an assortment of pay and benefit issues such as the loss premium health care, holiday pay and reduced vacation time, and Osborn said the company has threatened to move some jobs to Mexico.



“A lot of Americans probably don’t have too much issue with the Nike or Under Armor hats being made elsewhere or even our vehicles, but when they start manufacturing our food down where they are out of the FDA control and OSHA control, I have a huge problem with that,” Osborn said.


The company insists that its offer is fair and would increase wages and benefits for its employees that it said made an average of $120,000 a year last year.



“We are disappointed by the union’s decision to strike. Kellogg provides compensation and benefits for our U.S. ready to eat cereal employees that are among the industry’s best,” Kellogg spokesperson Kris Bahner said in a statement.



Osborn said he expects the company to try to bring non-union workers into the plants at some point this week to try to resume operations and maintain the supply of its products.



The plants have all continued to operate throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but Osborn said that for much of that time workers were putting in 12-hour shifts, seven days a week to keep up production while so many people were out because of the virus.



“The level we were working at is unsustainable,” Osborn said.
 

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The average wage is $130,000, When I was in the field a 12 hr day was a short day and we didn't get overtime. Forgive me if I don't pity them. The are also striking because they want the new hires to earn the same as veteran employees.
The union leaders want that for the increase in union dues but I highly doubt the employee that’s been there for 20 years really wants the 18 year old kid fresh out of school to be making the same money as him.
 

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I highly doubt the employee that’s been there for 20 years really wants the 18 year old kid fresh out of school to be making the same money as him.
If the 18 year old is doing the same job why not pay them the same?
 

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1st thing these companies do in a strike is release these earning figures to make it sound like the union's out of line. Doesn't take a sky high hourly wage to make $120k if they are forcing 60-70 hour work weeks. Same Bs going on lots of places. Cheaper for the company to work their existing employees to death than pay for more full time staff and benefits. Besides the fact it's usually hard enough to find competent employees that will show up to work and can pass a drug test. Throw in a 24/365 plant with swing shift and it's not so rosy looking.
I hope it works out for the Kelloggs employees.
 
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