TOPEKA (KSNT) — Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 218 voted on the tentative agreement with Frito Lay, which was the deciding factor that they will strike come Monday after the majority voted against it.
The agreement would have limited the amount of forced overtime per week, which some members said has been a problem for years. It also presents a 2% annual raise for two years.
“There is a lot of people with a lot of resentment against the company for the last ten years,” Brent Hall, President of BCTGM Local 218 said. “People are just upset.”
Over 400 members voted on Friday and Saturday at the Super 8 Motel on SW Topeka Boulevard on whether or not they agree with the contract.
“It’s pretty good inclusion to hear from all our members and what they want,” Hall said. “Like I’ve always said this is a democracy not an oligarchy. We can’t force people to vote and it’s their vote. We have to let them speak their own voice.”
The voting closed at 6 p.m. and the and the count was finished around 6:30 p.m. Officials said the vote was an overwhelming majority. The strike will start at 12:01 a.m. on Monday and over 500 individuals are expected to participate.