The more than 220 workers who have been locked out of their jobs at a Kellogg’s Memphis, Tenn., plant since October picked up more support in their fight to return to work. The National Action Network (NAN) urged Kellogg’s to end the lockout. In a Jan. 23 letter to Kellogg Co. CEO John Bryant, Gregory Grant, president of NAN’s Memphis chapter, wrote:
As a national organization, we will not stand by and allow a $14 billion Kellogg Company an opening to destroy the families of 226 Kellogg’s employees in Memphis, Tennessee.
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
Grant said that NAN and several other social justice groups have come together to urge the Memphis City Council to:
Revisit and recall any and all tax incentives, rebates and pilots and provide no further corporate assistance until this lockout has ended and all affected 226 employees are restored and made whole.
He also said that if significant progress to end the lockout is not made by Feb. 22, the Rev. Al Sharpton, NAN founder and president, will move the dispute to a national stage and “expose Kellogg’s willingness” to ignore the master collective bargaining agreement with BCTGM locals around the country.
The workers have received support from national politicians, religious leaders, civil rights organizations and international labor groups, including the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations.