Empty store shelves show a pinch of striking grain factory workers
(NewsNation Now) – After more than a three-week strike by workers at Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, Michigan, the effects have started to hit local shelves.
“You can’t buy what you want for sure,” said a local buyer. ” I do not like it. I wish it was all there.
Kellogg’s workers are now entering the 23rd day of their strike, and “morale continues to be good on this picket line,” according to NewsNation reporter Kelsey Kernstine.
Kernstine spoke with a consumer expert who said local stores are the first to see grocery shortages, but if a deal isn’t reached within the next five weeks, we could see a shortage. National Kellogg Cereal.
“It’s going to get tight soon,” the consumer expert said of empty grain aisles possibly becoming the new normal.
But unionized workers are not backing down.
“I would rather find a second job than cross a picket line for my union members,” said a striking Kellogg worker, while holding her young child in her arms. “Solidarity is far more important than just crossing the line and going to work. “
The strikers say they will continue to fight together for a better future, demanding better wages, benefits and better contracts for new workers.
“If they were just reasonable and not that greedy. We wouldn’t have to do what we do, ”said another striking Kellogg worker.
Contract talks between Kellogg Co. and its 1,400 grain mill strikers are set to resume.
The company said it was not clear how the strike would affect grain supplies to stores, as it restarted production at the four grain factories with both salaried employees and outside workers.
The strike includes four factories in Battle Creek; Omaha, Nebraska; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Memphis, Tennessee, which makes all of Kellogg’s brands of cereal, including Rice Krispies and Apple Jacks.
Workers have been on strike since October 5.