BATTLE CREEK, MI – As we head into the holiday season, BCTGM Local 3G members enter the 7th week of their strike against Kellogg, fighting for better wages and the end of a two-tiered pay scale. The AFL-CIO’s annual Executive Paywatch Report reveals that Kellogg Company CEO Steve Cahillane was paid 279 times more than the median worker pay. The report shows that Cahillane’s compensation for the fiscal year ending in 2021 totaled $11,663,852, while the median worker pay totals $41,815.
“The wage disparity between company executives and workers is abhorrent. Kellogg can pay their CEO over $11 million, yet they continue to ship more manufacturing jobs to Mexico,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “The Paywatch report and Kellogg’s own profit reports prove that the company has no interest in the well-being of its workers. Their refusal to come to an agreement on a fair contract before the holidays is disgusting and leaves over 1,400 union members out of work on Thanksgiving.”
A recent report from the Farm Bureau showed the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner increased 14% this year, a cost of $53.31 for a family gathering of ten. With the substantial pay disparity, CEO Steve Cahillane can afford to buy Thanksgiving dinner for all 31,000 employees of Kellog for the next seven years on his personal salary alone. The 1,400 striking workers at Kellogg are currently not receiving pay; many in Battle Creek are receiving weekly food rations from the Tri-County Labor Agency’s Food Distribution Center.
“Kellogg executives are making it clear that Thanksgiving will be another thankless day to their workers,” said Trevor BIDELMAN, President of BCTGM Local 3G. “Going on strike is hard, especially when the holidays are right around the corner. This Thanksgiving we have over 325 members in Battle Creek who haven’t worked for 7 weeks because of Kellogg’s greed. We are fighting for better wages, safe working conditions, an end to the two-tiered wage system and a fair contract. Our strike will continue until Kellogg invests in its people – its workers – like founder W. K. Kellogg said it would.”
1,400 BCTGM members in Battle Creek, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee have been on strike since October 5th. The Michigan AFL-CIO and all of its members stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in their fight for a new contract.
Additional information on the Kellogg Strike can be found at https://miaflcio.org/kelloggs