Leaders to join Kellogg’s workers on picket line - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Leaders to join Kellogg’s workers on picket line

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(WMC-TV) – A group of Memphis and Shelby County leaders will hit the picket line with the locked out Kellogg's workers in an effort to end the lockout that's impacting 200 families.

Tuesday evening, the Memphis City Council passed a resolution calling for an end to the lockout that's lasted for more than three months. On Wednesday, the Shelby County Commission will pass a similar resolution to help get workers off the picket line and back to work.

The Kellogg's lockout started October 22, 2013.

The company says it's because they want cheaper labor with "alternative" schedules. Union workers say they weren't given much of a choice; they either had to agree to the proposals or be locked out.

Since then Memphis City Council members Lee Harris and Janis Fullilove along with Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy have spoken out in support of the workers.

They're holding a vigil Wednesday night at 6 on Airways Boulevard, just outside of the Kellogg's plant, where the workers have staged an ongoing protest against the lockout.

Harris, Fullilove, and Mulroy say they will join the workers on the line if the lockout doesn't end.

The locked out workers are expected to get even more support from the Memphis Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and local pastors who also plan to camp out with them on Wednesday.

Our cameras will be at Wednesday's vigil. Look for an update on Action News 5 at 6 p.m. and after the Olympics.

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