OMAHA, Neb. Kellogg’s workers strike has reached a milestone. Workers in Omaha report that their picket line has held up a week after they left.
Mark Scott, a Kellogg’s employee, stated that “A day more, a daily stronger” after having worked there for over five-years. “So that’s how we’re going about it, whatever it takes.”
Last week, both the Kellogg’s Company (and the union) de Bakery.Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain ProcessorsBCTGM) The International Union failed to reach an agreement, leading to strikes by workers across the country, including here in Omaha.
Since then, strikes have engulfed Kellogg’s factory, allowing them to operate all gates 24 hours per day.
They have not planned to move since day seven until the union and company have reached a fair agreement.
Overtime is a problem that keeps recurring. Many workers report working more than 80 hours per week.
Scott explained that some people sign up for double-time Sundays but that most of the times it’s mandatory and forced overtime.
This is not just a problem for the workers but for their families as well. Julie Mumford claims that being next to her husband on the line is the best time she has ever been able spend with him in years.
Mumford said, “It is really hard for me see how stressful he must feel when he doesn’t get free time day in and day out.”
According to workers, new hires will face the same problems but with less pay and fewer benefits.
Scott said, “If there’s someone next to you that earns less and does the same job as you, that’s a bad situation.”
Kellogg’s refutes these claims and states that overtime is voluntary.
In a press release, Kellogg stated that while the average workweek for grain production workers at Kellogg was 52-56 hours, in 90% of cases employees were willing to put in extra hours. a press release Tuesday
They also claim that they offer industry-leading benefits and wages, and will increase them with their proposal.
Kellogg’s senior employees do not have the same insurance plan as Kellogg salaried, but they pay less employee contributions than salaried employees. This was an arrangement that the union reached in 2015. The current proposal maintains industry-leading pay, benefits, and offers substantial increases in wages, retirement benefits, and retirement.