Kellogg's 'implementing contingency plans' as workers strike for third straight day
A picket sign reads "Our future is not for sale" as part of the worker's strike against Kellogg's in Battle Creek. (WWMT/Jay Shatara)

A resolution still hangs in the balance between the union and Kellogg's. 

Workers are still off the job and striking on the picket line outside of the Kellogg's Battle Creek plant as of Thursday morning. 

The company released a negotiation update Thursday: 

Negotiations have not yet resumed, but we are ready, willing and able to meet and have repeatedly communicated that to the union.
In the meantime, we are implementing contingency plans to mitigate supply disruptions, including using salaried employees and third-party resources to produce food." — Kellogg's

 Mark Gregory, one of the workers on strike outside of the Battle Creek plant, said it's time the company realized who can, and cannot, operate the equipment. 

"I think they're desperate. This is not really the game I want to play. This is their arena is now, we have to wait to for them to come back to the table and be reasonable," Gregory said. 

Union Representative Trevor Bidelman told News Channel 3 on Tuesday that hundreds of workers would strike 24 hours a day, seven days a week and that he had one message for Kellogg's. 

"Our future's not for sale," Bidelman said. "We kept telling that over and over at the table, you know, if you want to get to a contract, give us a pathway."

Another concern that came about for workers Thursday morning was worker safety. 

"They can try to run the plant. I know they think it's easy for us to run the plant, but it takes a lot of skill to run the facility. I hope nobody gets hurt. Equipment in there is very dangerous, we spend a lot of time learning how to run the equipment," said Gregory. 

In September, the Kellogg Company announced plans to cut 212 jobs at its Battle Creek plant by the end of 2023.

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