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Kellogg's employees in Battle Creek go on strike, rally for higher wages

Contract negotiations have been ongoing between the workers' union and the company for weeks.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Employees at the Battle Creek Kellogg's plant are on strike after their contract expired at midnight Tuesday. Plants in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Nebraska are also striking.

According to the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union, which represents the employees, workers are hoping to increase their pay to a living wage and improve their benefits.

Contract negotiations have been ongoing between the union and the company for weeks. According to the union, the strike permission vote "overwhelmingly passed". 

"Now we stand united, we stand strong and we fight!" the website reads.

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) President Anthony Shelton said the union stands in support of those who are on strike. 

“We are proud of our Kellogg members for taking a strong stand against this company’s greed and we will support them for as long as it takes to force Kellogg to negotiate a fair contract that rewards them for their hard work and dedication and protects the future of all Kellogg workers.”

Kellogg's spokesperson Kris Bahner released a statement about the negotiations: 

"Kellogg is committed to negotiating a fair and competitive contract that reflects the contributions of our employees and helps set our cereal business up for long-term success. Our current proposals not only maintain industry-leading pay and benefits for employees, but offer significant increases in wages, benefits and retirement. We remain available to talk with the union at any time and we are prepared for any outcome at contract expiration."

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