Kellogg Workers Reject Tentative Agreement That Offered 3% Raise

Striking workers at Kellogg scoffed at a tentative agreement that would increase wages 3% in the first year.

Instead, they voted down the deal and decided to continue the strike, even as the company has threatened to use permanent replacements. Yes, permanent. That should be a hint as to how management views its workers.

The New York Times reports on the vote:

“About 1,400 striking workers at four Kellogg cereal plants in the United States have rejected a tentative agreement on a five-year contract negotiated by their union, the company said on Tuesday.

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents the workers, did not reveal the vote totals but said in a statement that its members had ‘overwhelmingly voted’ against the agreement.

The strike began on Oct. 5 and has largely revolved around the company’s two-tier compensation structure, agreed to in 2015, in which newer employees earn lower wages and receive less generous benefits than veteran workers. Under the previous contract, the lower tier could include up to 30 percent of workers.

According to a summary provided by the company, the new agreement would have immediately moved all employees with four or more years at Kellogg into the veteran tier. A group of lower-tier employees equivalent to 3 percent of a plant’s head count would move into the veteran tier in each year of the contract.”

For the rest of the story, visit The New York Times here.

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