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Kellogg's workers await voting results on tentative agreement

Posted at 8:31 AM, Dec 06, 2021

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Tuesday marks nine weeks since hundreds of workers at the Kellogg's plant in Omaha went on strike.

On Sunday, the workers voted on a tentative deal that could put the strike to an end.

Now they await the results of the vote in which roughly 1,400 workers across Kellogg's four plants cast.

If approved, the tentative agreement would be a five-year deal between the two sides.

The company says it would give senior workers a three-percent raise with yearly cost-of-living wage increases.

It would also create a faster path for transitional employees to receive legacy employee wages and benefits.

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While the new deal is better than previous offers, employees say the vote could go either way.

They told 3 News Now Monday morning that they aren't happy with the wording of the deal, saying it feels like the company could go back on some of the key striking points.

There is also still no timeline or time limit for a transitional employee to become a legacy employee.

The deal came in the fourth meeting between the two sides. This is the first time the union has brought back a deal for the workers to vote on.

The BCTGM Union says we won’t know the result of the vote until late Tuesday night at the earliest.

If approved employees could be back at work as early as next week. If not, they will remain on the picket lines.

Kellogg spokesperson, Kris Bahner, released this statement in regards to the vote:

"We are pleased to announce that Kellogg Company and the union have reached a tentative agreement for a new five-year labor contract covering 1,400 employees at our U.S. cereal plants in Battle Creek, Mich., Lancaster, Penn., Memphis, Tenn. and Omaha, Neb.

The union has stated that employees will be voting the tentative agreement on Sunday, Dec. 5, and we expect to know the results early in the week.

Among other things, the tentative agreement includes an accelerated, defined path to legacy wages and benefits for transitional employees, and wage increases and enhanced benefits for all.

See the highlights of the tentative agreement at kelloggsnegotiations.com.

We thank the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service for their assistance in these negotiations."