Kellogg’s workers accept contract deal, ending two-month strike

Lancaster

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — A stark contrast today to eleven weeks ago, picketers once on the line. Now at ease and at home, as a deal is approved between Kellogg’s and the union.

“I’m happy for the membership that they’re able to go back to work and start earning a wage and receiving their benefits,” said Kerry Williams, local union president.

Kellogg’s workers overwhelmingly voted yes—putting an end to a long and drawn-out strike at four cereal plants across the country, including one in Lancaster County. Time and time again, workers echoed the same sentiment.

About 1,400 workers represented by the union nationwide are involved with the contract deal.

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“We just want a fair and equitable contract,” Williams said.

They say this latest contract is just that, with a guaranteed pathway to full benefits, and cost of living adjustments for everyone.

“At the end of the day, could it be a better contract? Yeah, it could always be better but at the same time how much longer do you stay out for 1,400 members?” Williams said.

While the workers didn’t get everything they wanted, Williams says ultimately the membership thought it was fair.

Williams said last week he was optimistic about the latest deal but that it was in the hands of the membership, ultimately.

The biggest sticking point was the two-tiered hiring system, which received some improvements but wasn’t eliminated altogether.

For now, Kerry says its members are ready to get back to work.

“We get paid to do a good job of making quality cereal and that’s what we’re going to do, but we’ll put our best foot forward to get Kellogg’s up and running again and making cereal,” he added.

Those workers will come back on December 27.

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