In 2015, the BCTGM and representatives from Kellogg’s agreed on a new five-year Master Agreement. This agreement was bargained in good faith and both sides fully comprehended the parameters of the pact.
Nearly immediately, the company turned its back on its loyal and hard-working employees and began violating the agreement. A few examples:
• Kellogg refused to pay the $15,000 bonus to all employees.
• Kellogg decided to muddle the Transitional Employee pay structure.
• Kellogg refused to honor some of the grievances filed to enforce the 2015 Master Agreement.
Kellogg has chosen to ignore what is sacred to every union member: the collective bargaining agreement. When an employer starts to chip away at the union contract, all members will suffer.
Your Local Union and the BCTGM International has been fighting these moves by Kellogg since the attack on your collective bargaining agreement was launched by the company.
To combat Kellogg’s delay tactics, the BCTGM took the company to Federal Court where the Court ordered Kellogg to abide by the contract and arbitrate the grievances.
Kellogg insists that your Local and the International agree to a settlement offer that is grossly inadequate, given what was negotiatedin the 2015 Master Agreement.
Kellogg is trying to divide union members from their union leadership. The company’s actions violate the spirit and agreement we made during serious settlement discussions.
Shame on Kellogg! How low will they go? Can you trust them? This is a clear blow to the dedicated workforce who make this company billions of dollars! Do they think we will fall for this pathetic attempt at dividing our brothers and sisters?
The labor movement was built on solidarity and collective action! Stand with your Union Leadership while we fight hard for fairness - whether that is through a settlement consistent with the 2015Master Agreement, or an arbitrator’s award.
©2018 • BCTGM
Honorable and effective service to the membership is the highest objective which any labor organization can seek. The Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union Local 3-G will be ever faithful and devoted to this aspiration and trust will always follow a progressive and constructive course to the end that our members and our industry will prosper.
At 5pm today the company sent a communication that they are following through with their announcement made on August 31st. Meetings will now be scheduled to hold effects bargaining. As specific numbers and dates become more clear, it will be communicated out.
"Yesterday the Kellogg company, abruptly notified the BCTGM Local 3G Union leadership that they are contemplating a decision that would result in 223 jobs being eliminated at the Battle Creek Plant. 187 of those jobs being considered are jobs filled by our members. This was obviously devastating news to our entire membership as well as this community, and all of the families possibly impacted by this announcement. At this time this is the only information we have. Over the course of the next 60 days, the Union’s sole intention will be to work with the Kellogg company and the community leaders to avoid this decision becoming the company’s course of action. Our sincerest hope is that with cooperation and engagement the ultimate decision will be to not follow through with this contemplated change that will have a drastic negative impact on the lives of many people in order to increase the earnings of a select few."
BCTGM represents more than 120,000 working men and women in the US and Canada. The primary goal of the BCTGM has not changed over the years: To bring economic justice in the workplace to all workers in our jurisdiction and social justice to all workers throughout the United States and Canada.
BCTGM exemplifies outstanding community service and dedication from food drives to disaster relief, BCTGM members have always been involved aiding those within their communities. BCTGM locals throughout the US and Canada have an impressive record in gathering union volunteers for activities that improve their communities and enhance the lives of those who are less fortunate.
At Local 3-G, we strive at all times to secure the highest possible living standards, improved and humane working conditions and future economic security for its members. We are a service-orientated organization. Nowhere else do you have the right to democratically exercise your voice and effectively have representation providing for its members who would be unable to do it themselves. All the Officers here at Local 3-G take great pride in this union and its accomplishments...it did not come easy. Remember, please, the unionism is not a heritage, but must be continually protected by you.
In Closing, remember, “I am the Union, You are the Union, We are the Union!”
BCTGM, Local 3-G
The BCTGM is proud to present the full six-minute cut of our short form documentary, “Made in America,” detailing the plight of our members at the iconic Nabisco/Mondelēz bakery in Chicago. This public television segment, produced by Front Page, will air to over 50 million TV homes across the country for one full year and I want to be sure our members, their families and all of our supporters are the first to see it!
On March 23rd of this year, The Nabisco 600 marked the solemn first anniversary of the first round of layoffs from their Chicago bakery with a Digital Day of Action. The entire labor movement, along with advocacy groups, college students, global supporters and online activists like you, shattered BCTGM records that day when you helped us share the one-minute video promotion for this documentary over 4 million times on social media.
The broad coalition of support for our campaign continues to grow in size and strength. Each day, more American consumers are joining our boycott and challenging Nabisco/Mondelēz’ destructive corporate business model where it matters the most – at the cash register – by refusing to purchase Nabisco products made in Mexico.
By saying NO to Nabisco products made in Mexico, consumers are saying NO to sending good, middle-class jobs to Mexico; saying NO to business practices that devastate families and communities; saying NO to Nabisco/Mondelēz’ exploitation of workers across borders and oceans.
David B. Durkee, BCTGM International President
The BCTGM has launched a public education campaign encouraging Americans to "Check the Label" to support American jobs by ensuring their favorite Nabisco products are produced in America before purchasing.
Our members working at Nabisco plants throughout the U.S. take great pride in producing the iconic products that have been a part of millions of Americans' lives for more than 50 years.Nearly 4,000 BCTGM members have dedicated decades to fuel the financial success of Mondelēz International and the global appeal of its products including Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Ritz and Premium crackers. But that work has been rewarded with the displacement of hundreds of jobs to the company’s plants in Monterrey and Salinas, Mexico, where low wages and minimal regulatory standards and oversight persist.
Through a simple label check, together we can send a powerful message in support of American jobs and products by rejecting those made at poverty-level wages and in unregulated work conditions.
Support American Nabisco workers in several ways:
Check the Label: There are two ways to know if your Nabisco snacks are made in the U.S. or Mexico.
Check for the words "Made in Mexico" under the ingredient list.
Check the plant identification code, which is part of the expiration date code: do not buy if the initials "MM" or "MS" are listed. The initials AE, AH, AP, AX, AZ and XL all indicate American-made products.
Tell your grocery or convenience store manager to only stock American-made Nabisco products.
Send a clear message to companies like this that we will not accept the outsourcing of good American jobs and the American middle class. Do not buy the snacks being produced by Nabisco/Mondelēz in Mexico. Check the label, and ONLY BUY AMERICAN-MADE.
Also, please take a moment to watch this video, "The Nabisco 600" and share it with everyone you know.
Then, visit www.fightforamericanjobs.org to learn more.
Join us in the fight to protect American jobs!
In solidarity, David B. Durkee
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