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Hundreds of Omaha Kellogg’s workers prepared to strike at midnight

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 6:20 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Hundreds of Omaha workers are planning to go on strike overnight unless something changes in the next few hours.

They’re also not alone, workers at Kellogg’s plants across the country will be participating in the strike. Their current contract runs out early Tuesday, just after midnight, which is when the strike is scheduled to begin, according to the union website.

One of the obstacles holding up a deal on a new contract is the elimination of a path to full benefits and pension, eliminating cost-of-life adjustments, and changes to family medical leave act benefits.

Kellogg’s sent a statement to 6 News:

There are 500 union workers at the Kellogg’s Cereal plant on 96th and F streets. Kellogg’s also has plants in Memphis, Tenn.; Battle Creek, Mich.; and Lancaster, Penn.

The Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers union, Local No. 50G, has been providing updates on its website. The negotiating committee posted its response to the company demands there last week:

The offer that the company posted on the bulletin boards has never been presented to the negotiating committee. The company is directly bargaining with union members, which is the basis for labor charges. They are trying to sway your vote not to go on strike.

From what we’ve been sent by our members, we are going to elaborate on some of the key points people might not be aware of.

COLA would be folded in, then eliminated going forward. With a 4 year contract and average of 2500 hours a year, you would lose out on roughly $18,000.

Transitionals would be a permanent position. There would be no path to 100/0 healthcare, a pension or capped retiree healthcare. If you have not crossed over to regular fulltime at the time of this current contract expiration, you would never get to what the company calls “Group A” status.

(d) would only be allowed at 4-week allotments and only 1 time per the duration of the contract (4 years)

FMLA- 2 weeks of vacation would be used for intermittent leave, so if you have 2 weeks of vacation or less, and have a chronic issue, you would be forced to take vacation time, robbing you of your paid time off.

Holiday pay- this would make you work the last scheduled shift before and after the holiday for holiday pay

The company would like to remove the Union Logo from its products. This would make it easier to move product to non-union locations. It is also a sign of disrespect

The company stated that, on October 1, 2021, the company provided their comprehensive offer for settlement to the union. This is completely FALSE. This was never presented to the negotiating committee. The union negotiating committee is still here and willing to bargain in good faith, the company has sent the majority of their committee home.

This is a concessionary contract to all present and future members of Kellogg’s. We know there is more on the table, we need the membership to authorize strike permission to show the company that we are not willing to accept a concessionary offer to present and future members.

We ask that anyone with questions or anyone needing clarification on any of the talking points above or that haven’t been mentioned here, hold your vote until Monday and ask the committee members at our meeting.

In Solidarity,

The BCTGM Negotiating Committee

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