07/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/24/2021 14:48
July 24, 2021
Deal Reached Between Frito-Lay and BCTGM Local 218 in Topeka.
We are pleased the BCTGM Local 218 members from Frito-Lay's Topeka site ratified the revised contract offer and we look forward to welcoming all of our employees back to work next week. At all times we have negotiated in good faith with union representatives to address the most pressing concerns raised regarding hours of work and overtime. While Frito-Lay believed its fully recommended July 1 offer addressed those concerns appropriately, the new offer from Frito-Lay provides a guaranteed day off during each work week, eliminates 'squeeze shifts,' creates additional opportunities for the union to have input into staffing and overtime and offers 4% wage increases to employees in all job classifications over the two-year contract.
For more than 85 years, Frito-Lay has provided well-paying jobs and benefits to thousands of Americans and made countless contributions to the communities where our teams work and live. Today, we are proud to employ more than 66,000 people and are committed to providing a safe and fair workplace for everyone. We believe our approach to resolving this strikes demonstrates how we listen to our employees, and when concerns are raised, they are taken seriously and addressed. Looking ahead, we look forward to continuing to build on what we have accomplished together based on mutual trust and respect.
July 22, 2021
Frito-Lay Presents Revised Offer to BCTGM Local 218 in Topeka
Following the union membership's rejection of the July 1 fully recommended offer and the strike that began on July 5, BCTGM Local 218 requested a meeting. We've spent the last three days jointly revisiting the terms of the prior offer and have aligned on a new offer that will better address employee concerns around guaranteed days off and create additional opportunities for the union to have input into staffing and overtime.
Importantly, the revised offer once again includes across-the-board wage increases to employees in all job classifications. We believe this offer addresses the most pressing issues raised by our employees, and we believe it represents a win-win for both the union and Frito-Lay.
We are urging employees to ratify this offer so they can end the strike and return to work. At the request of the union, we cannot release the specifics of the offer at this time.
July 19, 2021
Frito-Lay Topeka Strike Background and Facts
Frito-Lay is and always has been committed to providing a safe and fair workplace for all of our employees. We listen to our employees, and when concerns are raised, they are treated seriously and appropriate measures are taken to address them.
This commitment was reflected in our July 1 offer to BCTGM Local 218 for a two-year contract, prior to the Topeka strike starting July 5, which we believe addresses the concerns that have been raised at our Topeka manufacturing facility. Our good-faith offer - which was endorsed by the entire union bargaining committee, a group elected to represent views of the full bargaining unit - accepted the union's proposal for across-the-board wage increases and, at Frito-Lay's suggestion, improved work rules that would reduce overtime and hours worked.
For more than 85 years, Frito-Lay has provided well-paying jobs to thousands of Americans and made countless contributions to the communities where our teams work and live. Today, we are proud to employ more than 66,000 people.
We have a longstanding partnership with unions, including BCTGM Local 218, and this is the first strike at any Frito-Lay facility in three decades - a fact that we believe speaks to the value we place in our associates and all they do. A strike hurts everyone involved - not just the company, but also our associates, their families and our community. It unnecessarily puts our employees at risk of economic hardship, and we remain focused on resolving this matter as fairly and expeditiously as possible based on trust and mutual respect.
Following is an overview of the terms of Frito-Lay's offer and the current situation at our Topeka facility:
In addition, we are deeply troubled by the many inaccurate and misleading allegations that have been made against Frito-Lay, and we believe it is important to set the record straight about workplace conditions at the Topeka facility and our policies and procedures: