posted on Feb, 11 2014 @ 02:58 PM
The Kellogg's Memphis plant is in political uproar.
The workers were receiving $28.00 per hr, excellent benefits and healthcare that they did not have to contribute toward. They grossed around $100k per
Because of the lower demand for breakfast cereal, due to people eating their breakfast ‘on the go’, Kellogg needed to make some budget changes.
They proposed to pay their workers $22.00 per hour instead and have them start to contribute to their benefits.
The Union leaders told the workers to refuse the offer. Production went down. Kellogg had to replace them with temporary employees until they agree
or at least negotiate with the proposal. (Keep in mind that these are the same union leaders who "helped" the Hostess workers out of their jobs a year
Thus, the “lockout”.
From the New York Times:
To the locked-out workers, Kellogg is yet another American company seeking to knock middle-class workers down a few pegs and chip away at
their pay and benefits. But to Kellogg, the Memphis plant is a high-cost operation with above-market wages that badly need to be brought under control
to make the plant competitive.
By far, the main point of contention is Kellogg’s push to greatly expand a group of temporary workers into what would essentially be a
permanent lower tier of employees who would earn $6 an hour less than the other workers and have far less generous benefits.
In the company’s view, its Memphis employees have it very good. “Our current employees, on average, earn more than $100,000 annually,”
Ms. Charles said. Before overtime, workers average about $58,000 annually
To top it all off, the unionized leaders have decided to make an even more political statement by teaming up with local Civil Rights Leaders, and made
a inference to the Workers' Strike proposed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil rights groups and numerous local lawmakers have thrown their weight behind the Kellogg workers — the plant’s work force is about 60
percent African-American and 40 percent white. At a church service on Martin Luther King’s Birthday, the Rev. Dwight Montgomery, the president of
the Memphis chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, called for a nationwide boycott of Kellogg.
I disagree with unions in general, and differ from my peers on this local topic. In my opinion, they should accept the more than generous proposal
and take into account the wage level compared to the skill level. If the lockout continues, the Memphis plant may mimic the North Carolina plant and
relocate all together.
What say you?
edit on 2112014 by QueenofSpades because: (no reason given)