Kellogg locks out Memphis workers
The 226 workers who have been locked out of their jobs at Kellogg's in Memphis since October 2013 were honoured and supported as part of Martin Luther King Day events in Memphis on January 20. The union members were locked out for refusing to accept a plan to hire all new workers as casuals with lower pay and benefits.
With this plan all newly employed workers would be employed as casuals with no guaranteed hours at significantly lower pay and benefits, effectively transforming over time the entire employment structure at the facility. The company calls this "The New Workforce of the Future".
To add to the pressure, union members at the company's plant in London, Ontario (Canada) were suddenly informed on December 11 2013 that their plant would close sometime in 2014, with the loss of some 500 union jobs. Some of the production will go to Memphis, where the company hopes to manufacture the product with precarious labour.
The Memphis workers and their union are battling for the future of the next generation of Kellogg's workers and for the defense of negotiated standards against the expansion of disposable jobs.
Send a message to Kellogg's telling them to lift the lockout, drop the demand for "casual labour" and negotiate a fair contract.
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