OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A summer of labor unrest at U.S. food manufacturers has stretched into fall.
Around 1,400 workers at Kellogg Co.’s U.S. cereal plants, including Omaha, NE, walked off the job this week. In Kentucky, a strike by 420 workers against Heaven Hill Distillery is in its fourth week. The actions come on top of strikes this summer by Frito-Lay and Nabisco workers.
Labor experts say pandemic gave food workers a rare upper hand. Labor shortages make it difficult to replace them, and the pandemic put a spotlight on their essential, and sometimes dangerous, work.