Labor

Kellogg, union workers reach tentative deal after 2-month strike

BY: and - December 2, 2021

Updated 12/2/2021, 10:21 p.m., with comments from state Sen. Sean McCann. Eight weeks of striking against a two-tier pay system may culminate in a weekend agreement between 1,400 union workers and cereal giant Kellogg, as the parties announced Thursday morning a tentative deal has been reached. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International […]

Kellogg talks to resume Tuesday as union strike nears 8 weeks

BY: - November 29, 2021

Negotiations between union workers and cereal giant Kellogg are set to restart this week, as workers at the company’s four cereal plants in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Tennessee near two months of striking for better wages, better hours and the end of a two-tier pay scale. Prior to the day before Thanksgiving, talks had come […]

Michigan Nurses Association files unfair labor practice charge against Sparrow Hospital

BY: - November 29, 2021

The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) filed an unfair labor practice charge against Sparrow Hospital with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week, alleging that the Lansing-based health care facility has repeatedly violated federal labor law and employed union busting tactics as the hospital and its caregivers’ union negotiate a new contract. According to the […]

Sparrow Hospital caregivers approve strike authorization

BY: - November 22, 2021

Updated Nov. 22, 2021, 5:42 p.m. with information about Sparrow’s proposed contract that was presented to the union on Monday and the union’s response. Members of a union representing thousands of caregivers at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing voted to authorize a strike should union leaders determine it’s necessary during ongoing contract negotiations, the Michigan Nurses […]

Kellogg strike stretches into 6 weeks as company’s ‘last best final offer’ has expired

BY: - November 18, 2021

The Kellogg strike encompassing about 1,400 union workers at four cereal plants around the country, including in Battle Creek, is continuing into mid-November after the company’s “last best final offer” to the union expired without a vote and Kellogg says it is seeking new workers. Workers at the company’s four cereal plants in Michigan, Pennsylvania, […]

‘You see nurses at the end of their shifts parking their cars and just crying’

BY: - November 4, 2021

Carrying signs emblazoned with “patients over profits,” hundreds of nurses and other health care providers marched outside Sparrow Hospital Wednesday evening to call for fairer wages and benefits needed to retain and attract the workers that union representatives said the hospital has been “hemorrhaging” during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now is our time to stand up […]

‘Solidarity forever’: Sanders hosts town hall on strikes at Kellogg and beyond

BY: - November 4, 2021

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosted a “Labor strikes back!” livestream Wednesday evening, featuring union workers in Battle Creek and across the country giving updates from the front lines. The event featured Trevor Bidelman — a fourth-generation Kellogg employee and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 3-G President — […]

Striking Kellogg workers get letters of support from Stabenow, Peters and other Dem senators

BY: - November 3, 2021

It’s almost been a month since the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) went on strike against Kellogg to protest benefit cuts and the two-tier wage system under which newer employees are paid for less than their colleagues. That includes 325 BCTGM workers in Battle Creek, who went on strike at […]

Detroit McDonald’s workers strike over sexual harassment and violence

BY: - November 2, 2021

McDonald’s workers in Detroit walked out in protest last week over what they characterize as the company’s failure to address a widespread problem of sexual harassment in the workplace. An employee told the Advance Tuesday that they plan to strike again soon. In addition to Detroit, McDonald’s employees also went on strike on Oct. 26 […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: After Ford’s investment in Tenn., here’s how Michigan can attract new auto jobs

BY: - November 1, 2021

Local economic developers, business leaders and some state lawmakers are freaking out over plans by home team player Ford Motor Co. to make the biggest manufacturing investments in its history in Kentucky and Tennessee. Unless you’ve been locked inside a Tesla with a dead battery for the past month, you’re no doubt aware that Ford […]

Report: COVID cases, deaths at packing plants were triple previous counts

BY: - October 28, 2021

The numbers of meatpacking workers infected and killed by the coronavirus are much higher than previously known, a congressional review has found. More than 59,000 workers of the country’s five largest meatpackers were infected, and about 270 died, according to a report by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis that was made public […]

As Kellogg strike stretches past 3 weeks, workers say they’ve noted lack of GOP lawmaker support

BY: - October 28, 2021

On a chilly October afternoon in Battle Creek, also known as the “cereal capital of the world,” a large crowd of union workers and supporters gathered Wednesday across from the Kellogg headquarters to show solidarity with strikers as they’ve spent more than three weeks on the picket line. National labor leaders and union members from […]