Posted 3 months ago on Jan. 23, 2014, 5:26 p.m. EST by shooz
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“I went to the ‘Gold Palace,’ Kellogg headquarters, last year,” said Trence Jackson, an officer of Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Local 252G. “They had a nice display in their lobby on what they do for African Americans. They also put African Americans, like Gabby [Douglas], on their cereal boxes each February.”
But this February Jackson and his co-workers at the Memphis Kellogg cereal plant face the prospect of spending Black History Month on the picket line. Three months into a lockout, the company has yet to return to the bargaining table.
During local contract negotiations in October 2013, Kellogg demanded the right to hire more part-time and casual employees, at lower pay rates. When workers voted the proposal down, Kellogg locked them out.
Scabs hired through an Ohio union-busting firm now produce Frosted Flakes and Fruit Loops.
About 60 percent of the Kellogg workers are black, matching the demographics of Memphis. But only 54 percent of black men in Memphis have jobs. The good-paying jobs at the Kellogg plant are a rarity.'