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Kellogg reaches another tentative agreement with union – Union President Omaha

Kellogg workers make a big impression outside a factory in Michigan
FILE PHOTO: Kellogg Company entrance sign is painted at the Porter Street factory in Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S., December 11, 2021. REUTERS / Emily Elconin

December 16, 2021

(Reuters) – Kellogg Co has agreed to a new contract with a union representing prominent employees of maker Froot Loops at breakfast cereal plants in the US, a local union president told Reuters. know on Thursday.

The deal is likely to pave the way for 1,400 employees to return to work two days after Christmas and after workers rejected the previous agreement reached earlier this month.

The vote to reject the deal prompted Kellogg to say it would permanently replace striking workers, a move US President Joe Biden called “an existential attack on unions and jobs as well.” as the livelihood of the members.”

The union said progress had been made on key issues from the previous agreement, including adjusting cost-of-living wages for all employees and removing the term “legacy employees”.

“Transitional employees have a fast, defined path to legacy pay and benefits over their current contract,” says Kellogg.

Dan Osborn, president of the local union in Omaha, said a vote on the new deal would be held on Sunday and the vote would count on Tuesday.

“If approved, we will return to work on December 27,” he said.

But there has been no progress on several fronts, including limits on the number of lower-level employees, the union said.

Strikers say a two-tier staffing system proposed by Kellogg, in which transitional workers are paid lower wages and benefits than more senior workers, would reduce the power of workers. union by removing the limit on the number of lower-level employees.

Workers have been on strike since October 5 after their contracts expired, as negotiations over wages and benefits stalled due to differences between the packaged food manufacturer and the union. .

(Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)

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