Special K production ending ahead of Kellogg's closure
Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:07PM EST
The end of production of Special K cereal - a key item that is among the first to go at London's Kellogg's plant - could speed up the loss of more than 500 jobs.
Starting in June Canadians will eat Special K that is made in the U.S.
The move comes as workers continue to wait for details about the plant's closure date and severance packages.
Bob Martin, union president, says "It's a different flake, it's a different flavour, but that's what they are going to do, stop Canadian Special K, so that will affect us earlier than anticipated."
The more than 500 workers in the plant still don't know when their last shift will be, but Martin says this will likely have an impact.
The union has met with the company a half-a-dozen times, but there is still no agreement on severance, pensions, and extended benefits.
And that's bad news for some who've been offered work at new London plants like Dr. Oetker.
"You have to weigh your options, so that's why we need to get this agreement done as quickly as possible," Martin says.
Since the shock of the closure was delievered at London hotel right before Christmas, Kellogg's workers have been trying to look out for one another.
But it's been especially difficult for those with young families.
Brad Dwyer has worked at Kellogg's for 19 years and says "I turn 40 less than a month from, and I am a ways away from retirement. I do have to think of a different path."
But while they try to maintain a positive attitude, it's hard to think of life after Kellogg's.
The company's departure remains a source of anger for both workers and other London residents.
Some are protesting the move by not buying Kellogg's products, but workers ask that people wait until the plant closes to boycott.