By Evan Henerson


Before you start chowing down on that next bag of Lays or Doritos (or Baked Lays if you go for the lower calorie junk food option), throw a thought to the workers in Topeka, KS who are getting steamed over what the consider to be unfair treatment.

Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 218 who work at the Topeka Frito-Lay plant have held some informational pickets in advance of contract negotiations. They’re angry over what they claim are stagnant wages and mandatory overtime.

According to an article in the Topeka Capital-Journal, the workers seem to be missing out on the 2 to 2.5% pay increase that would normally be built into a new contract.

“In the last three-year contract, which expired in September, workers received a 1 percent bonus for years one and two, which was $600 to $800 for most workers, and then a 1 percent wage increase the third year,” reports the Capital-Journal’s Morgan Chilson. “The proposed contract for the next three years, which the BCTGM union workers rejected in April, also proposed bonuses and a 1 percent wage increase.”

BCTWGM represents about 700 union workers in the Topeka area. In 2015, the last time a contract was negotiated, the membership voices similar frustration over wages, but voted not to strike.

Frito-Lay is owned by PepsiCo whose CEO Indra Nooyi earned close to $30 million. The plant recently announced it will begin construction of a new 86,000 square foot high-tech warehouse at the Topeka plant, potentially creating up to 100 new construction jobs.

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0 #1 Mark Benaka 2018-06-17 18:59
BCTGM Local 218 represents all workers in this facility. The 700 jobs mentioned in this article appears Toto account for the fulltime benefit eligible employees. An 100 additional hourly part-time and temporary employees also work at the facility but are denied heath and pension coverage. Remember Kansas is a "Right to Work for less" state; "high-tech, equates to " no jobs", totally automated. Not surprised that this company didn't again seek state and local handout funds to add on or tax abatement, which is normal for the big chip subsidiary. And wages, lumps mentioned are pre-tax contained in final wage offer of current negotiations. This company continues to lower bag weight, increase bag price, then raise corporate salaries. No problem convincing the board of directors and shareholders that employees are happy and fat. Talk about greedy, Frito-Lay is will continue these practices until they are told No More. Treat customers/employees with the respect.
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