Jul 24, 2021 8:00 PM

Strike at Kansas plant ends as union approves contract

Posted Jul 24, 2021 8:00 PM
Workers have been on strike since July 5-photo courtesy WIBW-TV
Workers have been on strike since July 5-photo courtesy WIBW-TV

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A nearly three-week strike at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka is over.

Union members on Friday ratified a new two-year contract. The contract gives union workers at the plant a 4% pay raise over two years and guarantees employees at least one day off a week.

Union workers went on strike July 5, complaining of forced overtime and a lack of pay raises in recent years. Workers said they were often required to work back-to-back days of 12-hour shifts, with only eight hours between. Employees are expected to return to work Monday.

They said the shifts were was caused by a severe shortage of workers at the plant.