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Unionized workers vote for Kellogg on proposed deal


Unionized workers at Kellogg’s voted on a new deal on Sunday after two months of strike action. The union president tells KETV that he is not sure which way he is going, but if it is a no they are ready to continue the picketing. “Ultimately the company will loosen its belt, let some of the fat it has retained flow back to the people,” said Andrew Hewett, a trade unionist. The agreement provides for a five-year employment contract, affecting 1,400 workers in four states. It includes things like an accelerated path to legacy wages and benefits for transitioning employees, increased wages for all, and increased retirement multiplier. If the majority of workers approve, they could return to work as early as next week. “A lot of people I’ve spoken to, it seems like about 50-50 right now,” said Dan Osborn, the union president. About 450 unionized workers here in Omaha are expected to vote. The outcome also depends on how other workers in different states vote. The tentative agreement was reached at the fourth meeting between Kellogg’s negotiators and the union. The strikers were pushing to change the company’s plan to cap the number of transitioning workers and not promote them with higher pay. While there are some wins in the new deal, many still have concerns. “There are a lot of discrepancies in the contract that don’t meet our standards right now,” Hewett said. “My biggest concern is that they’ve increased the number of lower level employees they can employ,” Osborn said. The union says we can wait for the results of the vote as early as Tuesday. If the deal fails, the strikers plan to return to the picket line.

Unionized workers at Kellogg’s voted on a new deal on Sunday after two months of strike action.

The union president tells KETV that he is not sure which way he is going, but if it is a no they are ready to continue the picketing.

“Ultimately the company will loosen its belt, let some of the fat it has retained flow back to the people,” said Andrew Hewett, a trade unionist.

The agreement provides for a five-year employment contract, affecting 1,400 workers in four states. It includes things like an accelerated path to legacy wages and benefits for transitioning employees, increased wages for all, and increased retirement multiplier. If the majority of workers approve, they could return to work as early as next week.

“A lot of people I’ve spoken to, it seems like about 50-50 right now,” said Dan Osborn, the union president.

About 450 unionized workers here in Omaha are expected to vote. The outcome also depends on how other workers in different states vote.

The tentative agreement was reached at the fourth meeting between Kellogg’s negotiators and the union. The strikers were pushing to change the company’s plan to cap the number of transitioning workers and not promote them with higher pay. While there are some wins in the new deal, many still have concerns.

“There are a lot of discrepancies in the contract that don’t meet our standards right now,” Hewett said.

“My biggest concern is that they’ve increased the number of lower level employees they can employ,” Osborn said.

The union says we can wait for the results of the vote as early as Tuesday. If the deal fails, the strikers plan to return to the picket line.

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