The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has joined the growing chorus of national and international voices urging the Kellogg Co. to end its four-month-old lockout of more than 220 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., plant.
The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G members who make Frosted Flakes®, Froot Loops® and other breakfast favorites were locked out as part of the drive by the company to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs with casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.
In the letter to Kellogg’s CEO John Bryant, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), the CBC chair, writes:
Many of the affected workers are second and third generation employees from predominately minority communities, averaging more than 20 years of service to Kellogg. Locking employees out, cutting off their health insurance, denying them payment of earned vacation and subjecting them to months without income are not actions the CBC believes are reflective of the Kellogg Company’s vision and purpose.
The CBC urged Kellogg's to “immediately end the lockout that is inflicting pain on your workforce, their families and the entire Memphis community.”
We encourage you to work with the BCTGM Local 252G, AFL-CIO to find a mutually agreeable solution that will keep your production facility functional and ensure your employees have the ability to provide for themselves and their families.
The workers have received support from national politicians, religious leaders, civil rights organizations and international labor groups, including the NFL Players Association, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations, the National Action Network and others.