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City and council leaders plan to use 'bully power' to end Kellogg's lockout

(WMC-TV) - City and county leaders stepped up Monday afternoon to use what they call their "bully power" to end an employee lockout at Kellogg's.

Memphis City Councilman Lee Harris, Councilwoman Janis Fullilove, and Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy are standing in solidarity with the more than 200 Kellogg's workers who have been locked out since October.

"They have locked their doors, they have shut off health care, and payroll, and this is a fight for middle class jobs," said Councilman Lee Harris.

"Think about some 200 families, that's not just 200 people, but their families go beyond that, and they're hurting and we should not let that happen," agreed Councilwoman Fullilove.

The Kellogg's lockout started October 22 of 2013. The company says the lockout is due to its desire for cheaper labor with "alternative" schedules.

Union workers say they were given an ultimatum to agree to the proposals or be locked out.

Using a box of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes as a prop, Commissioner Mulroy expressed his concern.

"If you ask me what I think about it, I'd say they're great, but they're not great and don't taste too great when I realize what happens to make this stuff," explained Commissioner Mulroy.

NAACP and even the Congressional Progressive Caucus have also stepped in to end this employee lockout.

Kellogg's says it is committed to reaching a fair and competitive contract while recognizing the important work of its employees.

Meanwhile, Fullilove, Harris, and Mulroy say if the locked out employees are not back to work by next Wednesday, they will be out walking the picket line with them.

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