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City, county leaders get involved in Kellogg's lockout

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

After more than three months of no movement in the negotiations of 220 locked out Memphis Kellogg's employees, Memphis and Shelby County politicians are getting involved.

They are telling the company to straighten up and fly right.

The Kellogg's employees have been locked out since Oct. 22, 2013.

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Almost all of the 220 employees have been forced to file for unemployment benefits and food stamps. But their biggest loss has been of their health care benefits.

Kellogg's chained the doors on the plant after local union BCTGM Local 252G refused to allow drastic changes in the employment and salary structure for the local plant, which would eventually turn almost every full-time worker at the plant into a part-time worker.

Kellogg's would be able to drastically reduce its payroll costs, not to mention the fact that it wouldn't have to provide benefits for part-time workers.

The local union said Kellogg's, headquartered in Battle Creek, Mich.,  is refusing to negotiate in good faith and both the Memphis city council and the Shelby County Commission are demanding the company play fair.

Councilwoman Janis Fullilove is sponsoring a resolution on the matter.

Meanwhile, Kellogg's maintains that the cuts in salary and benefits are necessary to keep the plant open. Otherwise, the jobs will disappear for good.

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