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Union Protest Planned at Frito-Lay Menomonee Falls Plant

The Teamsters Local 344 will be holding a demonstration outside the Frito-Lay plant in Menomonee Falls on March 21.

A protest is in the works next week at Frito-Lay Inc. in Menomonee Falls.

On March 21, demonstrators on behalf of the Teamsters Local 344 will assemble outside the business holding signs and distributing literature, at W168N6019 Kohler Lane.

A report was filed with the police department by the Frito-Lay, which will allow to people to hand out literature on the company's property.

The purpose of the demonstration was unclear, but there have been issues at the plant regarding whether workers there should be represented by the union. 

According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, employees voted 64-to-57 to not be represented by the union in November 2011.

In January 2012, the union accused the company of directly engaging provoking and supporting the decertification, the Business Journal reported. The union claimed the company engaged in discussions about terms and conditions of employment without working through the union.

The union then filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board’s Milwaukee office.

Patch contacted Frito-Lay, Local 344, and the NLRB Friday afternoon for comment regarding the protest and the investigation. No calls were immediately returned. It’s not yet known what time the demonstration will occur.

Check Patch for more details as they emerge. 

John Wilson March 16, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Nuitari - We have a DEMOCRACY? When did this happen? I'll bet you Taliban, TP/GOP folks all went out and got drunk...
Daniel S. March 16, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Interesting isn't it; you can talk to them about having a Union, but you cannot talk to them about not having one . . . . .
John Wilson March 16, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Greg - Except, except, except the Heath care exchanges will NOT will be set up, and (maybe partially functional) until 2014... so the Union people are just not going to get ill or be in any need of a physician until then...
John Wilson March 16, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Nuitari - The American Taliban trained you... so there is hope...
John Wilson March 16, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Daniel S. - No one is preventing anyone from TALKING; it’s the coercion by the management of the company – a very unequal relationship with lowly employees (i.e., slaves) that is at issue here. Very interesting...
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 16, 2013 at 06:03 PM
My choice of word referring to the voting process when involving union activities. Sorry for the confusion Johnny.
Steve ® March 16, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Talking, lol. Tell that to this guy who was beaten by union thugs for talking. http://youtube.com/watch?v=u_F3oev06i0
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 16, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Johnny I think you are losing to your usual weekend pot consumption.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 16, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Lowly employees? You mean the ones that most likely make close to $20/hour just to handle some fritos and dostitos?
Daniel S. March 16, 2013 at 06:52 PM
"In January 2012, the union accused the company of directly engaging provoking and supporting the decertification, the Business Journal reported. The union claimed the company engaged in discussions about terms and conditions of employment without working through the union."
Rich S. March 16, 2013 at 08:01 PM
The business agent for the Teamsters (Tom Kanack) is trying to use scare tactics to try and keep his own job!!! He chooses NOT to send information to union paying members that are known not to like the union. We all pay our union dues but are falsely represented by him. We pay dues to the Local 344 same as UPS. They recieve their health insurance and pension through the Locall 344. Us at Frito-Lay don't!!!! What's wrong with that picture????? It's time for us to take a fresh start and ONCE AGAIN vote them out!!!!!!! RICH
Let's Roll March 16, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Outstanding point. Is there anyone here that can tell me an industry or company the Unions have saved? Not Palermo's that's for sure.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 16, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Union brass provide no real value. They are only in it for their own gain. Employees can go farther on their own merit.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 16, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Palermo's is a perfect example of how unions are nothing but a political leech. Pretty much no one even thought about being in a union there and voted so. It was only brought up by those Mexican racists known as Voces de la Frontera because they weren't too happy about Palermo's having to deport some workers they found to be here illegally.
Rich S. March 16, 2013 at 08:48 PM
You nailed that one right on the head!!!
John Wilson March 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Nuitari - You are entitled to your opinion; whenever you folks do not have an argument, just refer to "pot." Whatever, at least I have my humanity...
John Wilson March 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Nuitari - You have no idea what these folks do for a living, how they are treated or how much money they make per hour... just ignorant blah, blah, blah...
John Wilson March 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Let's Roll - Both Ford in the early 1900's and GM in 2008...
Steve ® March 16, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Unions saved Hostess Oh wait.....
John Wilson March 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Nuitari - Yeah, its really great the hear about "those Mexican racists known as Voces de la Frontera" coming for the Taliban TP/GOP ditto head group on the Patch. Are you guys all married to the same sister too?
John Wilson March 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Nuitari - "Union brass provide no real value." If that's the case, then they are just like you...
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 17, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Sorry Johnny, I just thought your ramblings were the result of your weekend consumption you're so proud of.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 17, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Good one Johnny. A little elementary level, but you get points for effort.
Joyce Block March 17, 2013 at 05:27 AM
I so enjoy reading local news and happenings on the Patch. I do, however, need to start restricting myself from scrolling down to read the comments. I'm consistently disappointed. The negative, always politically motivated, viewpoints shared by nameless, faceless members of the Patch community seem to suck the intelligence out of the information provided in the article. Note to self: Look away from the train wreak and do something positive.
W . Benz March 18, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Grow up
Greg March 18, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Too? Don't include me in whatever you got going with your sister.
me March 18, 2013 at 05:25 AM
We need a union to peel potatoes? Get real, they were needed in the coal mines and steel mills in the 1890's but are a dinosaur now.
Daniel S. March 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Unions for the most part, have become useless. I've been part of two of them and also worked in the same in no-union positions in similar companies. Until I retire, I will not see any benefit of being a union member. Sadly, when I was let go from a union employer, there was nothing the union could do to save my job. I was not given a reason for being let go, other than: they have their reason(s) and you should take the offer of severance pay. They let 7 of us go the same day, zero reason(s). We worked in different departments, had different union classifications. There was even a person hired 3 months after me, doing the same job that had never been in the union they kept on. When I asked why I was not given the opportunity to go to the later shift since I had 10 years in the union, they said: seniority has nothing to do with anything but vacation request time. My pension fund has been in peril the past decade plus and by the time I retire, I wonder if there will be anything in it at all. PS - they also could not secure me a new job in 1 1/2 years, this goes back to the year 2001. I'm in a different non-union industry now.
Awake! March 18, 2013 at 01:05 PM
The saddest part about being in the union is that I have no "choice" involved in whether or not I want to be in the union at all. Because the company I work for is a "closed shop" and the work i enjoy doing falls under union control, I have no choice, other than to quit and go somewhere else hoping that there will be an openning somewhere is this current business climate or stay put and just bide my time. I was told by a fellow union member (whom I was debating unions vs non-union shops) that if I don't like being in the union that i should just turn my card in and get the (expletive) out. In response, I tried to explain to this person that the union doesn't provide my employment, the company does and he has no authority to tell me to do any such thing just because we disagree. Even more, I'm paying union dues that go to a politcal party that I vehemently disagree with plus goes to attorney's that "protect" those whom can't remember to get to work everyday, those whom don't want to work and those that spend more time trying to get out of having to work. It just goes to show that you cannot argue entitlements and the results of them with the entitled because they can never see past their entitlement. I don't agree with croni-capitalism at any level either, but in my opinion, based on expeirence, is that unions have become exactly what they are trying to fight against. And this, is really a shame, because the only people that suffer are those with a proverbial "work ethic"...
Daniel S. March 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM
@ Impeach Now - YES, you are correct; in many respects the Union is just another entity taking money out of our pockets. I work for a very large retail chain that is non-union. There are certainly situations that warrant saying: "if we had a union, this behavior towards employees would not take place". I also know that I would likely be making less money than I am, that the special awards one can earn would go away and I would not be near as happy as I am under the non-union system. Where I can earn based on my ability and drive to achieve; where not everyone makes the same whether they actually work or not.

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