BATTLE CREEK, MI – On Sunday over 1,400 BCTGM members in Battle Creek, Mich., Lancaster, Pa., Omaha, Neb. and Memphis, Tenn. overwhelmingly voted to reject the tentative agreement reached with Kellogg. The strike, which began on October 5th, will continue into its ninth week. The Michigan AFL-CIO, South Central Michigan Area Labor Council and BCTGM Local 3G released the following statements:
“The Michigan AFL-CIO is dedicated to stand with our BCTGM brothers and sisters through the Kellogg Strike, no matter how long it takes,” said Ron BIEBER, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Strikes are tough, but the solidarity of Michigan’s labor movement is powerful and this was proven by the constant visits to the Battle Creek picket line, and countless monetary, food and goods donations made to Local 3G. We’re damn proud of the solidarity shown by Michigan’s labor unions, and that solidarity will continue until BCTGM members have a fair contract.”
“2021 has proven to be the year of the worker. Across the country, thousands of working people used their collective voice to go on strike against their employers to demand better wages, work safety, and so much more, “said Jonathon BYRD, President of the South Central Michigan Area Labor Council. “BCTGM Local 3G’s members are a testament to the power of the labor movement and we are so proud of the strength they’ve shown, and will continue to show, through this strike.”
After 9 weeks on strike, the tentative agreement reached last week was the first contract to be brought to BCTGM members for an official vote.
“After weeks of negotiations, members were given the opportunity to vote on a tentative agreement to end the strike and they overwhelmingly voted it down,” said Trevor BIDELMAN, President of BCTGM Local 3G. “Our members are strong willed, and they understand the importance of fighting for a truly FAIR contract. They will not be deterred until our demands for better wages, safer working conditions, and an end to the two-tiered wage system are met. One day longer, one day stronger.”
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