PepsiCo is threatening to lockout workers at its Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas. The company “isn’t negotiating fairly in contract talks with the union representing more than 450 of the employees there,” reports the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Lockouts are one of the more despicable union-busting tactics out there. They’re mean-spirited and cruel acts of vengeance executed by power-hungry employers.
“They don’t seem interested in doing things that would benefit family life.“
The president of Local 218 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Brant Hall, which represents the workers, wrote the following on his public Facebook page:
I have been relatively quiet about the trouble at Frito Lay but that silence is over. The company threatened to lock us out if we don’t take what they offered. It’s a crappy offer and a race to the bottom of Topeka’s wage market. They don’t seem interested in doing things that would benefit family life. We have classifications that haven’t seen much of a raise in a decade. They want to blame it on a recession back in 2008 and giving us a variable that will be hard to track about wages 13 years ago. Again we are going to need the public’s support as we venture away from the table to hopefully make impact before we have to walk out.
In collective bargaining, surface bargaining is a strategy in which one of the parties “merely goes through the motions”, with no intention of reaching an agreement. In this regard, it is a form of bad faith bargaining. Distinguishing surface bargaining from good faith bargaining is extremely difficult.”
President Hall also posted the general contact information for the PepsiCo Board: 866-626-0633
After leaving a (polite) message for the PepsiCO Board, join us in Tweeting @PepsiCo and CEO @ramonlaguarta:
@ramonlaguarta lockouts are an unacceptable form of union-busting! @PepsiCo should honor employee’s labor and dignity by bargaining in good faith.
What is a lockout?
A lockout is an assault of the right of workers to collectively bargain. Instead of bargaining in good faith, an employer will attempt to intimidate employees by locking them out of their jobs without pay during negotiations. At its core, a lockout is a cheap bullying tactic and should be viewed as a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.