KENSINGTON, Md., March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When the Kellogg Co. locked out more than 220 workers from its Memphis, Tenn., cereal plant in October 2013, it was another step in Kellogg's corporate battle plan to increase profits by replacing steady, middle-class, full-time jobs in the United States and elsewhere with casual, part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.
Today, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) launched www.KelloggGreed.com in an effort to expose Kellogg's actions and place added pressure on the globally-recognized cereal maker to end the Memphis lockout and step back from its plans to cuts jobs and shutter plants in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
In a series of videos on the just-launched website www.KelloggGreed.com, Memphis workers talk about the hash toll the Kellogg's lockout has taken on them and their families.
In another video, workers at the London, Ontario, Can., cereal plant that Kellogg discuss their feeling of betrayal when Kellogg announced two weeks before this past Christmas that it will be shutting down their factory at the end of 2014.
The final video explores the $14 billion a year cereal giant's plan to increase production at new plants in low-wage countries including Mexico, Malaysia and Thailand.
While CEO John Bryant received $8 million in salary in 2013 and investors continue to reap enormous profits from increasing dividend payouts and share buybacks, thousands of Kellogg employees and the communities they live in are left devastated and angry.
The Memphis workers have received strong support from a wide array of national politicians, religious leaders, civil rights organizations and national and international labor groups. Among the supporters are: the Congressional Black Caucus, the NFL Players Association, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations, the National Action Network and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Videos can be viewed at www.KelloggGreed.com and
Media contact - Ron Baker, 703-508-2637
SOURCE Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union