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TO BUSINESS, LABOR, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

BCTGM: U.S. Senators Call on Kellogg to End Memphis Lockout

KENSINGTON, Md., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five

powerful and highly-respected United States Senators have asked the

Kellogg Company to "act swiftly to find a fair agreement" and end its

nearly five-month lockout of more than 220 workers at its Memphis,

Tenn. cereal production facility.

In a March 6 letter to Kellogg CEO John Bryant, Senators Sherrod Brown

(Ohio), Robert Casey, Jr. (Pa.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Robert Menendez

(N.J.) and Jeff Merkley (Ore.), reflected on the dedication of Kellogg

workers.

"Many of these hardworking individuals have been employed by Kellogg's

for decades. They have made their career working for your company. Yet

rather than being rewarded for their hard work and loyalty, they have

been forced off the job. Not only are workers without pay, but

families are without health insurance, unsure if they can afford their

prescriptions or visit a doctor. The result is that these workers, who

help prepare the food that others eat each morning, must decide

whether they can put food on the table or pay the bills."

Noting the harm that Kellogg is inflicting on the city of Memphis by

continuing the lockout, the Senators wrote, "This lockout not only

harms the workers, but the entire Memphis community as well. At a time

when our nation's inequality gap continues to grow, replacing

good-paying middle-class jobs with lower-wage, casual workers should

not be the corporate standard, and it is not keeping with your

company's history of nourishing families 'so they can flourish and

thrive'.

"Kellogg's workers work hard. They deserve nothing less than fair pay,

benefits, and full-time hours for their work. We sincerely hope that

you will end this lockout and let your employees return to where they

want to be: at work. We look forward to your response," conclude the

Senators.

More than 220 workers have been locked out of their jobs at Kellogg's

Memphis, Tenn. cereal plant since October 22, 2013. The workers,

members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers

International Union Local 252G, who make Frosted Flakes@, Froot Loops@

and other breakfast favorites were locked out as part of the drive by

the company to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs with

casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages

and substandard benefits.

The BCTGM represents more than 4,000 Kellogg employees throughout

North America. The BCTGM also represents thousands more workers in the

cereal industry at such companies as General Mills, Quaker Oats, and

Ralcorp amongst others.

To read the full text of the Senator's letter, please visit the BCTGM

International Union's website, www.bctgm.org .

SOURCE Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers

International Union

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/CONTACT: Corrina Christensen, cchristensen@bctgm.org, 1-301-933-8600

/Web Site: http://www.bctgm.org

CO: Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union

ST: Maryland Tennessee

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