The company said it believed its approach to resolving the strike “demonstrates how we listen to our employees, and when concerns are raised they are taken seriously and addressed.”
Mr. Klemme said he would have liked to see better pay increases for employees. Some departments had not had a pay increase of more than 20 to 40 cents in the past six to eight years, he said.
“I think it could have been better, but I think the free time for people is worth it,” Klemme said.
The food and beverage giant, home to Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Doritos, said this month that its net sales in the quarter jumped 20.5% to $ 19.2 billion. dollars, compared to the previous year.
Mr Shelton said more than 600 union members have been picketing and marching in the past 20 days.
Workers at the Topeka factory “have shown the world that unionized workers can stand up against the world’s biggest food companies and claim victory for themselves, their families and their communities,” he said. .
The company had tried to fend off the union’s complaints about long shifts.
He said out of around 850 employees in Topeka, only 20 worked an average of more than 60 hours per week.
The company said its records showed 19 employees worked 84 hours in a given work week this year, and 16 of them volunteered for overtime. Only three of the 19 had to work, the company said.