Why are workers on strike?

A is for apple. J is for jacks. S is for strike.

Workers at 4 Kellogg Firm factories are on strike in an effort to battle for higher wages and advantages.

An estimated 1,400 members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers’ Worldwide Union are collaborating. The crops are situated in Battle Creek, Michigan—the place the corporate is headquartered—along with Omaha, Nebraska; Memphis; and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They make cereals together with Rice Krispies, Raisin Bran, Froot Loops, Corn Flakes, and Frosted Flakes.

The strike won’t impression what you eat for breakfast, although.

On a web site Kellogg’s created for negotiation updates, the corporate says it’s turning to contingency plans “to mitigate provide disruptions, together with utilizing salaried staff and third-party assets to provide meals.”

The union accuses Kellogg’s of demanding staff hand over healthcare, retirement advantages, and paid day without work, and of threatening to ship jobs to Mexico.

“For greater than a yr all through the COVID-19 pandemic, Kellogg workers across the nation have been working lengthy, onerous hours, day in and time out, to provide Kellogg ready-to-eat cereals (RTEC) for American households,” it says on its web site. “Kellogg is making these calls for as they rake in file earnings, with out regard for the well-being of the hardworking women and men who make the merchandise which have created the corporate’s huge earnings.”

The cereal large contests that stance. For instance, the meals producer says the common 2020 earnings for almost all of RTEC staff was $120,000.

“We are dissatisfied by the union’s resolution to strike. Kellogg gives compensation and advantages for our U.S. RTEC staff that are among the many business’s finest. Our provide contains will increase to pay and advantages for our staff, whereas serving to us meet the challenges of the altering cereal enterprise,” Kellogg’s spokesperson Kris Bahner stated in a written assertion.

Nabisco staff additionally just lately went on strike. Their five-week motion led to mid-September and handled points reminiscent of pay and work hours. The individuals who make Oreos, Ritz Crackers, and different snacks additionally belong to the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers’ Worldwide Union. And July noticed a Frito-Lay strike in Topeka, Kansas, by workers of the identical union over points like wages and days off.

Kellogg’s inventory closed Wednesday at $64.40 per share, up $0.38 or 0.59%.