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Overwhelmingly Ratified By Membership the New Agreement Contains Numerous Improvements


(KANSAS CITY, KS) Late Monday, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 184-L ratified a new contract containing unprecedented wage increases for workers at Kellogg’s in Kansas City, Kansas. The new agreement, which covers approximately 570 Kellogg’s workers who produce Cheez-It brand snack crackers, brings RWDSU members a 15.5 percent increase in wages over the course of the three-year agreement, with an additional $500 bonus for workers in the third year.

“These wage increases will help us better provide for our families and improve the quality of our lives. And it’s not just our pay; improved benefits and protected health care with low premiums is what we need and deserve right now,” said Larry Smith, RWDSU Local 184-L President, and Kellogg’s worker. 

“This is an historic contract for Local 184-L members at Kellogg’s, with the highest wage increases ever in Local 184-L history,” said Roger Grobstich, Vice President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). “The Negotiating Committee did an outstanding job bringing home a great contract that provides numerous improvements and recognizes RWDSU members’ contributions in the success of Kellogg’s and Cheez-It products.”

“Workers at Kellogg’s deserve every single provision negotiated in this contract. United and steadfast union workers showed what they can do collectively. Workers can go home to their families proud of their work, and the wages and benefits they bring home. Our union is proud to represent these tireless workers,” said Jack Caffey, National Field Director and Vice President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

“This contract is further evidence of the power of a union voice and collective bargaining. Across the country, working people are seeing historic benefits of union membership, like this new Kellogg’s contract, and seeing the difference union membership can make in their own lives,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

Workers at the Kellogg’s brand Cheez-It facility won increases in pension benefits and shift differential pay, along with improved dental, voluntary life insurance, and vision benefits with no increase in premiums; and workers’ low premiums have been secured for the life of the contract. Also improved are vacation scheduling, severance pay, show allowance, and a new plant starting progression rate that will see new hires earning full pay rate more quickly. New hires will also receive full health insurance benefits after 30 days of employment.  

Wages will increase for Kellogg’s workers six percent in the first year, five percent in the second, and 4.5 percent in the third, totaling 15.5 percent over the term of the contract. The agreement also creates one-time pay adjustment increases for certain classifications of workers and will create a new apprenticeship program in the Maintenance Department.

Local 184-L Bargaining Committee Members of this historic package are:

  • Larry Smith- President 
  • Evyan Calbert- Secretary-Treasurer
  • Rachelle Martinez - Recorder
  • Ginger Rush - Bookkeeper
  • Richard Connelly - 1st Shift Chief Steward 
  • Chris Gayle - 2nd Shift Chief Steward
  • Michael Jones - 3rd Shift Chief Steward
  • Elliott Clemons - Committee-at Large
  • Dennis Williams - Sr. Business Representative for the Central States Council

Kellogg’s Worker-Led Bargaining Committee at the Ratification. Assisting the Local was Jack Caffey, National Field Director, Roger Grobstich RWDSU Representative, and Dennis Williams, Sr. Business Representative for the Central States Council.

Workers vote to ratify the new contract at Kellogg’s on Monday, March 28, 2022. 

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 The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.