- Posted December 4, 2013 by
Kellogg's Plays Grinch with Employee's Health Care
Kellogg’s has cancelled all of its Memphis employees’ health and life insurance benefits. That’s right. A company with 2012 profits of $14.2B has decided that this is a good tactic in an effort to strong-arm union negotiations. Scheduled surgeries and appointments were cancelled. That means employees with severe conditions no longer have access to refills on medications and can’t see their physicians. Individuals badly in need of surgeries and chemo treatments are going into the Christmas season praying for miracles.
Unless you’re in Memphis and watch the local news, you probably don’t know that the company locked out employees at its Memphis, TN plant on October 22nd and no one has been able to work, although they want to do so.
In an effort to illegally force union workers to change the 50+ year old Master Union Agreement, Kellogg’s locked out its own employees because they want to add “casual part-time” employees” to the roster who would work for less pay and fewer benefits. It had already laid off 70 employees in early April of this year. If Kellogg’s gets what they want, what is to stop them from permanently firing their regular workers and keeping these new “casual” employees?
A spokesperson for Kellogg’s says that the current costs of the Memphis plant are putting the company as a competitive disadvantage in a “tough cereal category”. However, that disadvantage didn’t stop the company from acquiring Pringles for $2.7B cash in February 2012. Nor has it restricted $6.5M (total package) compensation for CEO John A. Bryant. In fact, his pay increased by 7.7% in 2012, with a performance bonus of a mere $1.1M. Imagine what his bonus will be if he’s successful in hiring new employees with fewer benefits and less pay.
Concerned consumers are encouraged to sign a Change.org petition and Boycott all Kellogg’s products until they decide that treating their workers with simple compassion and human dignity is the right thing to do.
Let’s show Kellogg’s that they may be one of the global big ten brands, but they can’t treat people this way.
Negotiations don’t need to make workers suffer!