Kellogg’s Strike Ends as 1,400 Employees Get Raises

by Liz Holland

Kellogg warehouse employees have been on strike since October. Now, an agreement has finally been reached. 

Over 1,400 Kellogg employees began striking in early October. Employees walked out of plants in several states including Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. The strike began over a wide range of issue. These issues included union complaints about pay cuts, reduced benefits, and the companies’ plan to move plants to Mexico. However, the 11-week strike has finally come to an end. 

The agreement did not come easy. At one point, the cereal giant even threatened to permanently replace the employees that were on strike. This threat received criticism from the masses, including from President Joe Biden. 

Kellogg Reaches 5 Year Contract With Union

The new 5 year contract promises employees no permanent two-tier system. Previously, there was a two-tiered pay system in place that paid more to longer-tenured employees. Additionally, the agreement promises no plant shut-downs through October 2026. This ratification is especially important to note, as it prevents the corporation from closing plants directly after reaching the agreement which benefits employees. The agreement also ensures that employees have a clear path to full time employment, in addition to promising no take aways/concessions, a significant increase in the pension multiplier, and maintenance of cost of living raises. 

President of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), Anthony Shelton commented on the agreement. “This agreement makes gains and does not include any concessions. Our entire Union commends and thanks Kellogg’s members. From picket line to picket line, Kellogg’s union members stood strong and undeterred in this fight, inspiring generations of workers across the globe, who were energized by their tremendous show of bravery as they stood up to fight and never once backed down,” Shelton said.

Shelton’s statement continues, “The BCTGM is grateful to AFL-CIO President Liz Schuler for mobilizing the AFL-CIO and its affiliates in support of our striking Kellogg’s members. Once again, President Shuler has provided highly effective leadership in support of the BCTGM and our members. The BCTGM is grateful, as well, for the outpouring of fraternal support we received from across the labor movement for our striking members at Kellogg’s. Solidarity was critical to this great workers’ victory,” the statement reads. 

Not An Easy Strike

At one point, many consumers began to boycott Kellogg’s products as well. On December 16th, one Twitter user called out the company for removing their logo from being clearly visible on the packaging of their products. One Twitter user tweeted at Kellogg’s, “Hey I have a question! Why are you guys removing the #kelloggs branding from specific products that you sell? Is it because of  something something supply chain issues?”

The tweet was accompanied by a photo of a box of Pop-Tarts, which is a Kellogg product. However, the logo was missing. The company responded in a tweet, saying “Our data show that consumers routinely focus on the visual of the Pop-Tarts brand name, so we simplified the package design by removing “Kellogg’s.”

However, one user wasn’t having it.

In a tweet amassing over 43,000 likes, one tweeter replied to Kellogg’s, “Thank you for reminding me that Kellogg’s makes Pop-Tarts by posting about why you removed the Kellogg’s logo from Pop-Tarts. Now I will never forget that Kellogg’s makes Pop-Tarts so that I can stop buying Pop-Tarts because they are made by Kellogg’s. Submit to the strikers.”