Frito-Lay Kansas worker strike ends after 20 days

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By Sara O’Brien, CNN Business

After a astir three-week strike, hundreds of Frito-Lay employees successful Topeka, Kansas person ratified a revised declaration Saturday addressing what national leaders had antecedently described as a diminished prime of beingness stemming from enactment conditions, including agelong hours, forced overtime, and stagnating wages.

The declaration volition supply workers with a guaranteed time disconnected each enactment week, and eliminates alleged “suicide shifts” (or “squeeze shifts” arsenic the institution calls it) wherever workers enactment successful eight-hour days positive 4 hours of overtime earlier returning for their adjacent shift, according to a Frito-Lay connection provided to CNN Business.

The quality of the statement was archetypal reported Saturday by The New York Times.

Frito-Lay, owned by PepsiCo, said the national representing the workers volition person further opportunities for input connected staffing and overtime. The revised declaration besides “offers 4% wage increases to employees successful each occupation classifications implicit the two-year contract,” according to the company’s statement.

The workers beryllium to Local 218 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. In a statement Saturday, Anthony Shelton, the union’s planetary president, said the workers “have shown the satellite that national moving radical tin basal up against the largest nutrient companies successful the satellite and assertion triumph for themselves, their families and their communities.”

The 20-day onslaught marked the archetypal astatine the works successful its decades of operation.

Earlier this month, Shelton said that “workers bash not person capable clip to spot their family, bash chores astir the house, tally errands, oregon adjacent get a steadfast night’s sleep.”

Frito-Lay had antecedently called the union’s claims astir agelong hours “grossly exaggerated.”

“At each times we person negotiated successful bully religion with national representatives to code the astir pressing concerns raised regarding hours of enactment and overtime,” said Frito-Lay successful the statement. “We judge our attack to resolving this strikes demonstrates however we perceive to our employees, and erstwhile concerns are raised, they are taken earnestly and addressed.”

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CNN’s Harmeet Kaur contributed to this report.

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