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Kellogg's US cereal plant workers go on strike
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About 1,400 Kellogg Co. cereal plant employees went on a strike on Tuesday, hoping to get the packaged foods maker to negotiate what a labor union called a "fair contract" for the workers.
The Froot Loops cereal maker has been negotiating the payment and benefits terms of a new contract – the existing one expired at midnight on Monday – with union workers for a while now.
Kellogg has demanded that workers give up quality health care, retirement benefits, and holiday and vacation pay, said Anthony Shelton, president of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.
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Shelton said Kellogg has threatened to send additional jobs to Mexico if workers do not accept its proposals.
However, Kellogg, which brings in about a third of its sales from cereals, said its compensation and benefits for U.S. cereal plant employees were among the industry's best.