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    This story is about "guest workers" on US farms. The number of people that come into the US to work the farms has increased each year. Under the H-2A program, more then a quarter million people come here from Mexico just to pick and supply us with farm fresh products.
    Now they are caught in the cross hairs of this virus, without adequate testing or protections.

    Guest workers on US farms are in the eye of the coronavirus storm
    In April, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that, while stopping almost all kinds of legal immigration for at least two months, he was placing no limits on the continued recruitment of H-2A temporary migrant farm worker by growers. Trump claimed the escalating COVID-19 pandemic made his order necessary but cited no evidence to show that a ban covering all forms of family-based migration would stop the spread of the virus, while leaving employer-based migration unchanged would not.
    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue explained, in a January speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the apparent schizophrenia. He wants Trump “to separate immigration, which is people wanting to become citizens, [from] a temporary, legal guest-worker program. That’s what agriculture needs, and that’s what we want. It doesn’t offend people who are anti-immigrant because they don’t want more immigrant citizens here. We need people who can help US agriculture meet the production.”
    Although growers have claimed the coronavirus has created a labour shortage making the H-2A programme vital, the scheme had begun to mushroom long before the pandemic hit. In 2019, the US Department of Labor gave agribusiness permission to fill 257,667 jobs with workers brought almost entirely from Mexico, with H-2A visas. That amounted to 10 per cent of all the jobs in US agriculture.
    All interviewees in the CDM report suffered violations of basic labour laws, including minimum wages and breaks. Eighty-six per cent reported that companies would not hire women, or paid them less when they did. Half complained of bad housing, and a third said they were not provided needed safety equipment. Forty three percent were not paid the wages promised in their contracts.
    There is no testing for them as they enter the country nor while they are working in the US. Additionally, employers are not required to provide health insurance to H-2A workers. If they stop working because they get sick, the conditions of their visa require them to leave the country. Once in Mexico they then have to find medical care, while their families and communities face the danger of infection.
    https://www.equaltimes.org/guest-wor...n#.Xs-fTFVKjIV

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    This article has an interactive map showing the OSHA complaints across the country, including safety issues during the virus.

    This Map Shows the Staggering Number of Reported OSHA Complaints
    The health and safety of workers in the United States has never come under more scrutiny in the history of this country than it has in recent months during the COVID-19 pandemic, for good reason.
    A staggering number of employers, small and large, including Whole Foods, McDonald’s, and Amazon have failed to provide workers with basic protective gear and sanitation and social distancing protocols to keep them safe at work. More than 48 meatpacking workers have died, and thousands more have gotten sick.
    So far, workers have filed more than 4,000 coronavirus-related complaints. This is undoubtedly just the tip of the iceberg, given the amount of time and fortitude it takes to file a federal complaint against one’s employer.
    The OSHA Complaint Tracker map created by Strike Wave has tracked complaints filed through May 17, and will be updated as more data is made publicly available. Industry data is available for all complaints. Not surprisingly, most of the complaints have called out hospitals, nursing care homes, physician’s offices, and supermarkets.
    Quick link to the interactive map. https://www.thestrikewave.com/osha-complaint-map

    Link for the story. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j...sha-complaints

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    Remember these are the people picking our crops so we have a steady supply of food. They deserve care too.

    Every Single Worker Has Covid at One U.S. Farm on Eve of Harvest
    All of the roughly 200 employees on a produce farm in Tennessee tested positive for Covid-19 this month. In New Jersey, more than 50 workers had the virus at a farm in Gloucester County, adding to nearly 60 who fell ill in neighboring Salem County. Almost 170 were reported to get the disease at a tomato and strawberry greenhouse complex in Oneida, New York.
    The outbreaks underscore the latest coronavirus threat to America’s food supply: Farm workers are getting sick and spreading the illness just as the U.S. heads into the peak of the summer produce season. In all likelihood, the cases will keep climbing as more than half a million seasonal employees crowd onto buses to move among farms across the country and get housed together in cramped bunkhouse-style dormitories.
    Unlike grain crops that rely on machinery, America’s fruits and vegetables are mostly picked and packed by hand, in long shifts out in the open -- a typically undesirable job in major economies. So the position typically goes to immigrants, who make up about three quarters of U.S. farm workers.
    President Donald Trump has sought to maintain the flow of foreign workers to U.S. farms during the pandemic, waiving interview requirements for some guest workers when consular offices shut down and exempting them from a temporary immigration ban. But so far, the administration hasn’t created rules to protect the workers.
    In Florida, oranges are “literally dying on the vines” as not enough migrants can get into the country to pick the crops and things like processed juice will probably cost more in the coming months.
    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-...eve-of-harvest

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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Remember these are the people picking our crops so we have a steady supply of food. They deserve care too.

    Every Single Worker Has Covid at One U.S. Farm on Eve of Harvest





    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-...eve-of-harvest
    Wow!!!

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    Several food retailers lead the way in health and safety issues regarding the virus.

    Whole Foods, Costco, Trader Joe’s lead in retailer COVID-19 safety
    Whole Foods Market, Costco Wholesale and Trader Joe’s ranked as the top three retailers in coronavirus health and safety practices, according to a new study by global research firm Ipsos.
    The Ipsos Consumer Health & Safety Index, launched Wednesday, benchmarks COVID-19 health and safety at retailers across seven industries. The two-pronged study first polled 2,000 Americans to find out which retail health and safety measures they consider most important during the pandemic. Next, Ipsos conducted thousands of “mystery shops” at stores across 45 major U.S. brands to gauge retailer compliance with the health and safety attributes cited by consumers. A random sample of 125 locations per brand were visited, Ipsos said.
    Still, Ipsos pointed out that retailers overall have much room for improvement in COVID-19 health and safety, as the study found key gaps between consumer expectations and actual practices at stores.
    https://www.supermarketnews.com/issu...ovid-19-safety

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    Another food processing plant in Kansas has shut down over infected workers.

    Kansas food plant shuts down for 2 weeks after workers contract coronavirus
    A Kansas food plant is shutting down after several workers tested positive for the coronavirus.
    The Reser’s Fine Foods plant closed Wednesday, KSNT-TV reported. It will remain closed for two weeks while all employees get tested. Reser’s didn’t specify how many employees have tested positive so far. The plant makes prepared entrees and side dishes.
    Food plants across the Midwest have been sources of coronavirus outbreaks due to their close proximity working conditions.
    At the beginning of May, nearly 300 workers tested positive at a meat packing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. The state’s health department oversaw testing this week of more than 2,300 workers that week as the plant shuttered for cleaning.
    Then in mid-May, a Johnsonville sausage-making plant in Holton, Kansas closed after some of their workers also tested positive. The shutdown affected about 230 employees.
    https://fox4kc.com/news/kansas-food-...t-coronavirus/

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    As usual, with all the other events happening throughout the country, some things are moved to the back of the news cycle.
    However, the virus is still infecting people each day. Deaths continue to mount.
    Let's look at some words from our President.

    Jan. 30: “We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five — and those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for us … that I can assure you.”

    Feb. 26: “And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

    March 10: “And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”
    Today in the USA, the death count stands at 113,000 people.
    Positive confirmed infected over 2,000,000.


    Here is a complete accurate timeline of events from November 2019 though the end of May 2020, including the Trump tweets.
    https://www.vox.com/2020/6/8/2124200...virus-response

    https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/tr...e-coronavirus/

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    Covid 19? there has been a lot said with some using Trumps words to make it look like he is responsible .. Back in March I remember them,the so called experts saying in the USA alone as many as 2.2 million Americans could die from the covid 19 infection if left unchecked.. As the post above states it is at 113,000 and that is still way too many.. But what I don't understand is what happened to Covid19 for the last two weeks .. Protests happened in many cities and it seems the Democrats were okay with it..What happened to social distancing?? A funeral for a man that was murdered in the hands on the MPD and his funeral was okay even attended by high ranking political figures.. And not just one but many around the country in the form of memorial services ..Now I have friends and even in my family have someone that has passed and no funeral services were allowed.. Some had no time to even say goodbye to their loved ones.. I am not sure there aren't too many that has been affected by Covid19.. Our family lost my nephews wife two weeks ago to cancer because she wasn't able to get her cancer treatments due to the Covid 19 lockdown.. I don't know the whole story just yet but at 53 she was way too young..But again the word Covid 19 comes into play..
    Yesterday the World Health Organization said that they were wrong about people who tested positive that have no symptoms that spreading it was very unlikely.. Then as always they walk it back later in the day.. ..So who do you believe??
    Masks?? Do they help?? Again it is something like New England weather and guaranteed to change in a short time..
    And here is how I see it looking for Democrats in the Democratic controlled cities that allowed all these protests and rioting .. If Covid 19 makes a comeback and the infections increase then it will be on the hands of the democrats for allowing these protests and if the Covid 19 doesn't make a comeback then again it will be on the Democrats for the whole lock down .. Either way it will make the Democrats look bad..


    https://reason.com/2020/03/31/2-2-mi...from-covid-19/

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy View Post
    Covid 19? there has been a lot said with some using Trumps words to make it look like he is responsible .. Back in March I remember them,the so called experts saying in the USA alone as many as 2.2 million Americans could die from the covid 19 infection if left unchecked.. As the post above states it is at 113,000 and that is still way too many.. But what I don't understand is what happened to Covid19 for the last two weeks .. Protests happened in many cities and it seems the Democrats were okay with it..What happened to social distancing?? A funeral for a man that was murdered in the hands on the MPD and his funeral was okay even attended by high ranking political figures.. And not just one but many around the country in the form of memorial services ..Now I have friends and even in my family have someone that has passed and no funeral services were allowed.. Some had no time to even say goodbye to their loved ones.. I am not sure there aren't too many that has been affected by Covid19.. Our family lost my nephews wife two weeks ago to cancer because she wasn't able to get her cancer treatments due to the Covid 19 lockdown.. I don't know the whole story just yet but at 53 she was way too young..But again the word Covid 19 comes into play..
    Yesterday the World Health Organization said that they were wrong about people who tested positive that have no symptoms that spreading it was very unlikely.. Then as always they walk it back later in the day.. ..So who do you believe??
    Masks?? Do they help?? Again it is something like New England weather and guaranteed to change in a short time..
    And here is how I see it looking for Democrats in the Democratic controlled cities that allowed all these protests and rioting .. If Covid 19 makes a comeback and the infections increase then it will be on the hands of the democrats for allowing these protests and if the Covid 19 doesn't make a comeback then again it will be on the Democrats for the whole lock down .. Either way it will make the Democrats look bad..


    https://reason.com/2020/03/31/2-2-mi...from-covid-19/
    In Albuquerque, most protestors were wearing masks. I see it on the news everyday. Hate to say it but the conservative right have turned the whole mask issue into a complete political issue. They refuse to wear the governor mandated masks in our state. I have to head to Albuquerque as I write this but will elaborate later today. If anyone is going to be responsible for the virus spreading out of control, it will be on the conservatives who feel their constitutional rights are being attacked by wearing a mask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    In Albuquerque, most protestors were wearing masks. I see it on the news everyday. Hate to say it but the conservative right have turned the whole mask issue into a complete political issue. They refuse to wear the governor mandated masks in our state. I have to head to Albuquerque as I write this but will elaborate later today. If anyone is going to be responsible for the virus spreading out of control, it will be on the conservatives who feel their constitutional rights are being attacked by wearing a mask.
    I have followed the personal guidelines on my time and the professional guidelines while at work. This includes regulations for protecting our defenders. That is Federal not local. I still get a chuckle watching "Patriots" at Costco being shown the door. Gotta love it.

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