The 11-week long strike at Kellogg will end next week after workers at four cereal plants ratified a tentative labor deal with the company. About 1,400 members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union have been on strike since October 5. They rejected a previous tentative agreement two weeks ago, continuing the strike. But this time they ratified by deal by an undisclosed margin. They will return to work the week of December 27.
"Our striking members at Kellogg's ready-to-eat cereal production facilities courageously stood their ground and sacrificed so much in order to achieve a fair contract," said union President Anthony Shelton. "This agreement makes gains and does not include any concessions." The strike had been one of the longest, and higher profile strikes this year, which has seen an increase in the number of strikes. A tight labor market has encouraged union members to flex their bargaining muscle in a way they haven't in recent years.