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Kellogg workers travel to Michigan due to employment problems

Workers who say that they have been spurned by Kellogg, their employer, are seeking a grant in the best interest of their children. Workers from another state recently traveled to Michigan in order to further their cause. The employment problems have been an ongoing issue since Oct. 2013, when workers were locked out of their place of employment.

Contract negotiations that ultimately broke down reportedly led to Kellogg locking over 200 employees out of a factory in a Southeastern state. Union leaders for the workers that were locked out claim that Kellogg acted improperly by attempting to operate outside of the boundaries of a master agreement that is 50 years old. Workers say that the cereal company is simply in favor of cheap labor.

Kellogg denied those claims and say that the employees' wages are more than substantial. The company also pointed out that it is permitted to negotiate outside of the contract, and current employees will supposedly not have their wages impacted. However, employees have been directly impacted due to the months long lockout. One woman who has worked for the company for 12 years had to move herself and her daughter into a smaller apartment recently. She also had to give up her vehicle.

Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union visited Michigan in hopes of pressing company officials to consider a $15 million grant that will benefit the children of those workers involved in the employment problems. Apparently, unemployment has been unable to meet the financial and healthcare needs of the employee's children. Even if their pursuit of the grant is unsuccessful, it may help in convincing Kellogg to reconvene negotiations in order to return workers to their jobs. Michigan workers who have experienced employment disputes may benefit from seeking assisting in negotiating important rights and assessing what steps may be needed to protect their interests.

Source:, "Locked out Kellogg workers protest in Battle Creek", Jennifer Bowman, April 25, 2014

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