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Biden 'deeply troubled' by reports of Kellogg replacing striking workers

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WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday he was "deeply troubled" by reports that Kellogg Co planned to hire permanent replacements for striking unionized employees.

"Permanently replacing striking workers is an existential attack on the union and its members’ jobs and livelihoods. I have long opposed permanent striker replacements and I strongly support legislation that would ban that practice," Biden said in a statement.

Kellogg said on Tuesday a majority of its U.S. cereal plant workers had voted against a new five-year contract, forcing it to hire permanent replacements as employees extend a strike that started more than two months ago. (Reporting by Mohammad Zargham Editing by Chris Reese)