More than 220 workers who have been locked out of their jobs at a Kellogg’s Memphis, Tenn., plant since October will be honored and supported as part of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day actions in Memphis.
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) President David Durkee will march in the morning parade with a large group of locked-out BCTGM Kellogg workers from Memphis. Durkee also will be a featured speaker at an afternoon ceremony sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to commemorate King’s leadership, vision and beliefs.
The BCTGM Local 252G members who make Frosted Flakes®, Froot Loops® and other breakfast favorites were locked out as part of the drive by the $14 billion company to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs with casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.
The workers have received support from unions around the nation and the world.
This article was originally printed on AFL-CIO on January 17, 2014. Reprinted with permission.
About the Author: Mike Hall is a former West Virginia newspaper reporter, staff writer for the United Mine Workers Journaland managing editor of the Seafarers Log. He came to the AFL- CIO in 1989 and has written for several federation publications, focusing on legislation and politics, especially grassroots mobilization and workplace safety.