Kellogg strike ends, workers approve new agreement

After a week’s long strike, workers at Kellogg’s U.S. plants on Tuesday voted in favor of a new contract - which provides better terms for transitional employees and wage increases across-the-board.

The five-year contract ends the stalemate between the breakfast cereal maker and its factory workers in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee - which prompted the company to warn of permanently replacing striking employees, and drew the criticism of President Joe Biden.

According to the union, the new agreement includes no permanent two-tier system, in which lower-tier workers make less than longer-term workers.

Since October 5th, around 1,400 workers went on a strike after their contracts expired. Negotiations over payment and benefits had stalled amid a tightening labor market.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders rallied with workers in Michigan last week.

SANDERS: “I’m standing here today because you have had the incredible courage right here to take on corporate greed.”

Following the deal being reached, Dan Osborn, president of the local union in Omaha said (quote): "It will be difficult to go back. There is a lot of tarnished relationships that we will work diligently to repair.”

He added that employees would return to work on Dec. 27.

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