Frito-Lay Factory Workers Allegedly Get Fired for Taking Time Off, Claim Work Schedule Destroys Families
Frito-Lay workers have had enough of the company's unfair and destructive management that has caused them to work 12-hour shifts seven days a week. They decided to do something about it.
In order to put an end to mandatory overtime, a wayward "points" system, and 84-hour weeks that destroy lives, hundreds of employees are walking picket lines.
According to several workers in Topeka, Kansas, they have worked for five months without a single day off, and to earn one point on the table, they have to work for 31 days straight.
WORKED TO THE BONE
Not only that, the workers claim that forced overtime is destroying their families, ruining their marriages, and even costing lives as some of the employees have resorted to suicide.
The abusive working schedule, low wages, and dangerous working conditions have taken a toll on the Frito-Lay workers' mental and physical health, with many of them being driven to exhaustion on a daily basis.
Frito-Lay factory workers are penalized or even fired for taking time off.— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) July 19, 2021
The company makes workers earn “points” to get time off. Earning one point requires working 31 days in a row and points are docked for opting out of overtime.
Workers regularly do 84-hour weeks. pic.twitter.com/xsGyR2h5sH
Anthony Shelton, President of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union, recently guaranteed the union's support towards the workers and their families.
Shelton wrote that the current strike is about more than wages and benefits. It is about quality of life as people are being forced by the company to work double or even triple shifts every day.
Shocker: Frito-Lay was lying when they said claims of forced overtime were "grossly exaggerated."— Josh Miller-Lewis (@jmillerlewis) July 20, 2021
We got the receipts. https://t.co/oWUBqceSjP
THEY ONLY HAVE TIME TO WORK
Since they spend all their time at work or traveling to and from work, workers don't have enough time to be with their loved ones, run errands, do chores, go to appointments or get a decent night's sleep. He added:
"Frito-Lay, owned by beverage and food processing giant Pepsico, is exploiting its dedicated employees and risking their health by forcing them to work so many hours."
Shelton stated that, despite registering a record number in terms of profits, the company had refused the union's request to hire more workers.
As a result, the BCTGM stands with the workers and their right to strike as a way to fight for their well-being as well as the well-being of their families.
NEW: Frito-Lay workers in Kansas are being forced to work 12-hour days, 7 days a week, in a dangerous factory. Their stories are shocking.— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) July 7, 2021
Now nearly 600 workers have gone on strike in Topeka to demand better pay and treatment. pic.twitter.com/0d5n9Uf2fJ
Not only that but Shelton assured that the BCTGM negotiators are ready to work toward a "fair contract that reflects the value of these hardworking men and women."
The statement ends with a plea to the Frito-Lay management to recognize the daily sacrifice of their employees and work with the union to find a solution that will improve their members' lives.
In response to the striking workers’ demands to end forced overtime, “suicide shifts,” and 84-hour weeks, Frito-Lay management offered this:— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) July 19, 2021
“There will be no more working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week (84 hours), unless an employee volunteers to work that much.”
Back in May, several McDonald's workers also embarked on labor strike, but instead of demanding better working conditions, they took to the streets to ask for their hourly wages to be increased to $15.
It was reported that workers from 15 major cities across the nation, such as Chicago, Miami, Houston, Tampa, and Oakland, came together and wore red shirts with the words "Fight for $15."