April 24, 2014
By Neal Tepel
Memphis, Tenn. – BCTGM Local 252G President Kevin Bradshaw, who along with more than 220 other union workers, has been locked out of the Kellogg cereal plant in Memphis, Tenn. since last October. While the locked union members have not received a paycheck since the illegal lockout began on October 22, 2013—Kellogg CEO John Bryant pocketed nearly $8 million in 2013 compensation, according to the AFL-CIO’s 2014 Executive PayWatch.
But apparently that’s not enough, because the lockout is part of Kellogg’s plan to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs held by Local 252G members with newly hired employees who would make significantly lower wages and receive substandard benefits.
“Kellogg says its labor cost puts it in an unsustainable position in the cereal market…Yet, somehow, last year the company found a way to give its CEO a 21% raise, putting his total compensation for 2013 at $8 million.”