The list of problems with Frito-Lay are jarring, terrifying, and reflect what can happen in a company hell-bent on profit and the belief that Wall Street matters far more than your home street or home town. I won’t list all of the article author and former Frito-Lay employee Cherie Renfro’s claims, but some are especially galling:
• During the COVID-19 lockdown, a co-worker’s father passed away in another state. You told her since there wasn’t a funeral she didn’t qualify for bereavement time. She had to take off two of her own days to grieve.
Frito-Lay responded to this claim, but in responding to the worker, they noted that there were two, not one, deaths on the production line in Topeka in the last five years. The decision to also only address the last five years represents a cut-off, which means we don’t know what happened before those five years. This doesn’t sound like a great public relations strategy.
“In the event of an incident that necessitates medical attention, work ceases and the area is cleared for the safety of the individual requiring medical attention and the other employees at the site. While it’s unclear what incident the associate is referencing in the op-ed, we are aware of only two instances in the last five years in which an individual has experienced a medical emergency at the plant that unfortunately resulted in that individual passing away. In both cases, medical attention was initially provided at the plant and work ceased until the associates were safely on the way to the hospital.”
Here list is detailed in her editorial at the Capital Journal, and it is worth the read. Her claims, though, were generally backed by McCarter on video I captured in Topeka.
McCarter has called for a general boycot of Frito Lay products, and their parent company, Pepsi Co., until workers are provided a safe workspace and fair wages.
American workers deserve better. They also deserve our support. Sorry Frito and Pepsi. Solve this or your products aren’t entering my door.