‘People Work 100 Days Straight’: Kellogg’s Workers Shut Down Cereal Factories
Workers who make Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Rice Krispies, and other cereals have shut down production at all Kellogg's factories in the United States because Kellogg's has proposed to end cost-of-living raises and expand a two-tier pay and benefits system.
Members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union say Kellogg's proposed pay and benefits cuts coincide with severe understaffing and management forcing them to work overtime during the pandemic—in some cases 16-hour days, seven days a week—without a day off for months.
The workers are striking at ready-to-eat Kellogg's plants in Ohama; Memphis; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Battle Creek, Michigan.
"We're working 12 to 16 hours a day to meet the increased demand in the cereal market," Kerry Williams, a striking mechanic who has worked at the Kellogg's factory in Lancaster for 18 years, told Motherboard. "I’ve worked for two years with no weekends off other than vacation days. You miss out on a lot—family time, don’t get to see kids play sports, don't get to see your spouse." Williams is the president of BCGT Local 374G, which represents Kellogg's workers in Lancaster.