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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Locked out Kellogg's workers in Memphis turned to a higher power and are asking the community to pray for fairness in the work place.

About 220 workers at the Memphis Kellogg's plant have been locked out and off the job since Oct. 22 after their labor contract expired.

The prayer vigil took place Thursday evening on Airways in front of the Kellogg's plant. The main message the locked out employees spread was that they wanted to get back to work. Ministers like Rev. Keith Norman of First Baptist Church led those in attendance in prayer.

MORE: Kellogg's locks out Memphis employees over labor dispute

According to Kellogg, headquartered in Battle Creek, Mich., the company and the union met on 13 different occasions to reach a new agreement. Union representatives told FOX13 News the company wanted to cut workers' hours, making them part-time employees, meaning many of them would lose benefits.

Locked out workers claim Kellogg's demanded employees work alternative schedules which would have saved Kellogg's money but cut employee salaries by thousands of dollars.

Kellogg's has already cut a total of 70 jobs this year.

Workers said they're not asking for more money or anything extra. They simply want the opportunity to continue doing their jobs.

"We just want to send the message we want to work and if you want to bargain in good faith, you'll do that by allowing us to work and work under our old local contract until we can reach some type of agreement," said Kevin Bradshaw, locked out Kellogg's Memphis employee.

"This is not a strike, this is a lock out, and everybody needs to understand there is a big difference in a strike and a lockout," added Earl Early, locked out Kellogg's Memphis employee. "The company locked us out."

"If they were to say we'll wipe the slate clean, we'll go back to work tomorrow and they don't have to give us anything because we're not asking for any wages," said Glen Mason, who has been employed at the Memphis Kellogg's plant for the past 38 years. "We're trying to look out for the workers of the future."

Kris Charles, Kellogg Company spokesperson said in a statement:

"Kellogg's proposed contract to the BCTGM Local 252G in Memphis does not impact current employees' wages and benefits, and would provide above-market wages for any future hires who would also be full-time – not part-time – employees."


Mason said he and his co-workers are doing what they can to get by. Some taking part-time jobs, while others are dipping into savings or turning to unemployment to make ends meet.

The silver lining in all of this is that all of the locked out workers FOX!3 News talked to said they're confident things will get ironed out. They're hoping it's soon, as we know Christmas is just around the corner.

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FOX13 News reporter Kristin Tallent contributed to this report.

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