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    Default Re: Smithfield is closing its pork processing & Tyson Food COVID-19 outbreak concern

    The food and commercial workers union has filed an NLRB complaint against Mountainaire Chicken over how they responded and treated employees over the Covid-19 outbreak.

    Poultry workers’ union files complaint against Mountaire
    The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27 has filed a federal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Mountaire Farms, alleging that the poultry producer violated federal labor laws at its Selbyville plant.

    The union, which represents 1,000 workers at Mountaire, alleges Mountaire forced workers represented by the union to attend captive employee meetings held without following Centers for Disease Control social distancing guidelines, excluded a union member from a COVID-19-related visit by agents of the CDC and Delaware Division of Public Health, and engaged in surveillance of a Facebook group maintained to promote acts of mutual aid and protection.

    “We have dealt with Mountaire for many years, and the company makes no secret that it is ideologically opposed to its employees exercising their union rights as guaranteed under federal law,” said Local 27 President Jason Chorpenning. “Over the past few months, in the midst of an unprecedented and life-threatening pandemic, our members have been subjected to anti-union propaganda from highly paid outside consultants aimed at eliminating union protections for Mountaire employees. In addition, the company has surveilled employees on social media, excluded union stewards and other officials from meetings and otherwise attempted to put a chilling effect on outspoken workers. Despite the company’s resistance, we are committed to serving our members and protecting their ability to exercise their rights under the law.”
    There is more to this story with the company and union battling over issues, including a desertification vote.

    https://www.capegazette.com/article/...untaire/202277

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    Default Re: Smithfield is closing its pork processing & Tyson Food COVID-19 outbreak concern

    This post is one for the reader to decide.

    Incredibly, Republicans Are Blaming Meatpacking Workers, Not Plants, For Virus Spread
    Republicans don’t exactly have a reputation for being on the side of workers.
    But their reactions to the rapid spread of COVID-19 through meatpacking plants are remarkable, to say the least.
    Here are some of the public remarks made by prominent Republicans. One can imagine what they say privately.

    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem:
    “99% of what’s going on today wasn’t happening inside the facility . . . Employees were going home and spreading some of the virus because a lot of these folks who work at this plant live in the community, the same building, sometimes in the same apartment.”
    Of course I understand perfectly. It's the workers fault.

    http://labor411.org/411-blog/incredi...96XjEJb_AWgD8o

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    Default Re: Smithfield is closing its pork processing & Tyson Food COVID-19 outbreak concern

    Quote Originally Posted by crazy View Post
    Smithfield is Chinese owned..
    So....when we hear that businesses really want to get back to Chinese trade.....we know that China is part of the "businesses"....who want it.

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    Default Re: Smithfield is closing its pork processing & Tyson Food COVID-19 outbreak concern

    Now we have a problem. Apparently this has been going on here in this meat plant for a while but first I have heard of it. Went shopping yesterday and meat prices were through the roof.

    More coronavirus testing planned at New Mexico meat plant
    SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Several dozen workers at a meat processing plant in southern New Mexico have tested positive for coronavirus as state health officials plan another round of testing at the facility.

    Health officials also say they are beginning to look more closely at whether younger people without symptoms are potentially spreading the virus.

    The New Mexico Health Department on Thursday announced that 57 cases of COVID-19 have been identified at Stampede Meat in Sunland Park. The agency conducted two rounds of testing at the plant over two weeks this month at the invitation of the company, taking samples from every employee. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a third round of testing is expected next week.
    https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/...SOt3A.facebook

 

 
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