Saturday, June 15, 2024

Faces of the Frontlines: Bernie visits Kellogg's strikers in Battle Creek

Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Battle Creek, where Kellogg's factory workers are striking against the company. The strike began on Oct. 5, 2021. In the beginning of December, the company offered a deal to end the strike, but it was rejected. Union workers will be voting on Monday, Dec. 20, on the newest deal proposed by the company - however, many said they plan to vote down the newest proposal as well. 

Many of the workers talked of being over worked and underpaid by the company - often missing life events and working 12-16 hour shifts without overtime compensation. The company's two-tier pay structure, established in 2015, designates new hires as "transitional workers" indefinitely, excluding them from the raise structure and other benefits of a full-time employee.