After nearly five weeks of hitting the bricks, members of the MTD-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) returned to their jobs with Mondelez/Nabisco following an overwhelming vote to accept a new collective bargaining agreement on September 18.
More than 1000 union members in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon and Virginia started walking out August 10 to protest working conditions and contract concessions being sought by the company.
“This has been a long and difficult fight for our striking members, their families and our union,” stated BCTGM International President Anthony Shelton. “Throughout the strike, our members displayed tremendous courage, grit and determination.”
Shelton said the union was grateful for the solidarity shown by the Labor Movement during the struggle.
That support will be on display again as more than 1,400 BCTGM members working at Kellogg’s cereal facilities in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee hit the bricks on October 5.
In a statement released by the union, “For more than a year throughout the covid-19 pandemic, Kellogg workers around the country have been working long, hard hours, day in and day out, to produce Kellogg ready-to-eat cereals for American families.
“Kellogg’s response to these loyal, hardworking employees has been to demand these workers give up quality health care, retirement benefits and holiday and vacation pay. The company continues to threaten to send additional jobs to Mexico if workers do not accept outrageous proposals that take away protections that workers have had for decades.”
MTD President Michael Sacco reiterated the department’s support for the Bakery Workers.