Kellogg's planning to hire replacement workers with strike in eighth week

Kellogg's said on Tuesday that it plans to hire permanent workers to replace those on strike after seven weeks of failed negotiations.

Following the most recent failed round of negotiations, the multinational corporation said it would be moving onto the next phase of its contingency plan, which is to hire permanent replacement, Reuters reported.

The workers represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' International Union went on strike on Oct. 5 after the union workers' contracts expired. Negotiations are set to resume Dec. 6.

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Among the issues are a two-tier system of wages and benefits. Union workers at Kellogg's said the company did not offer temporary workers — who make up 30 percent of its workforce — a pathway to becoming permanent workers.

According to Reuters, the company said it was prepared to offer permanent employment positions to temporary workers who have been with Kellogg's for four or more years. Officials said the union hasn't voted on the offer.

The strike is also over numerous benefit issues, including the loss of premium health care and holiday pay as well as reduced vacation time.

The Hill has reached out to the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' International Union for further comment on the situation.

When reached for comment by The Hill, Kellogg spokesperson Kris Bahner said the company was "disappointed" but "remains ready and willing and able to meet with the union."

"We recognize the hardship that this prolonged strike represents for our employees," Bahner added. "After 15 negotiations sessions in 2021 — and no proposals put to membership for a vote — we are left with no choice but to best serve the short- and long-term interests of our customers and consumers by moving to the next phase of our contingency plans."

—Updated at 3:43 p.m.