A group of five U.S. senators have joined the growing chorus of influential voices, telling the Kellogg Co. to end its nearly five-month lockout of more than 220 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., cereal production facility.
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 a letter to Kellogg’s CEO John Bryant, Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) urged Bryant to “act swiftly” to end the lockout.
Many of these hardworking individuals have been employed by Kellogg’s for decades. They have made their career working for your company. Yet rather than being rewarded for their hard work and loyalty, they have been forced off the job…Kellogg’s workers work hard. They deserve nothing less than fair pay, benefits and full-time hours for their work.
They also note that, when our nation’s inequality gap continues to grow, replacing good-paying middle-class jobs with lower-wage, casual workers should not be the corporate standard.”
The workers have received support from national politicians, religious leaders, civil rights organizations and international labor groups, including the Congressional Black Caucus, the NFL Players Association, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations, the National Action Network and others.