Labor Secretary Walsh visits striking Kellogg’s workers

U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh met on Wednesday with union Kellogg’s workers on the cereal firm’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania plant who’ve been on strike since October 5, a present of solidarity from the secretary, who himself is a longtime union member.

The workers are a number of the 1,400 union Kellogg’s staff throughout 4 cereal crops—in Lancaster in addition to Omaha, Nebraska; Battle Creek, Michigan; and Memphis, Tennessee—who’ve been striking over their lack of high quality healthcare, retirement advantages, and vacation and trip pay, says to Anthony Shelton, president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Worldwide Union (BCTGM).

Walsh is the first union member to guide the Division of Labor in additional than 4 many years, and considered one of few labor secretaries to go to striking workers. (In 1989, Labor Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole met with striking coal miners, although famous she was not taking sides; she additionally met with the coal group’s father or mother firm to facilitate face-to-face negotiations.) Forward of the October 27 assembly, Walsh took to Twitter, saying “I grew up in a working-class household. I’m the son of immigrants and a proud second-generation Laborer. I’ve all the time stood with America’s working individuals, and can proceed to take action as your Secretary of Labor.”

Walsh met with workers represented by Native 374 of BCTGM, speaking to workers on the picket line outdoors of the cereal plant, and in addition with Shelton. An estimated 1,400 members of BCTGM, from 4 crops the place they make cereals together with Rice Krispies, Raisin Bran, Froot Loops, Corn Flakes, and Frosted Flakes, are collaborating within the strike.

Kellogg’s has contested the striking workers’ statements, saying they “are dissatisfied by the union’s determination to strike” and that Kellogg’s offers compensation and advantages that “are among the many trade’s greatest.” Walsh shouldn’t be anticipated to talk with anybody from Kellogg’s on Wednesday.

The striking Kellogg’s workers are simply a number of the hundreds of laborers both at the moment striking or who’ve voted to authorize a strike throughout the nation, together with greater than 10,000 workers at John Deere, 2,000 hospital workers in Buffalo, and 24,000 Kaiser Permanente workers.