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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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    Smithfield’s Farmer John food factory and others hit with COVID-19 in L.A.
    LOS ANGELES—Smithfield Foods has been in the news lately. Their pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., became a Midwestern epicenter for coronavirus among its workforce this spring. Inadequate and heartless worker protection soon allowed the infection to spread throughout the state’s largest city.

    Now its meatpacking plant in Vernon, a small but separately incorporated city in L.A. County not far from downtown, has also broken out with the virus. The factory operates in Vernon as Farmer John, well-known in town as the producer of the famous union-made Dodger Dog sold at Dodger Stadium. Of the 1837 workers at the plant, 1300 are represented by UFCW Local 770.

    On Memorial Day, the Los Angeles Times reported that 153 Farmer John employees now test positive for COVID-19. That is more than 10% of the union’s membership at the meatpacking factory, and just under 10% of the total workforce there. The union called for the plant’s immediate closure, and for Smithfield to continue paying workers their full wages and benefits while the plant is closed for a thorough investigation.
    https://www.peoplesworld.org/article...vid-19-in-l-a/

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    Talk of food shortages as the virus continues to infect the processing and supply side of our food chain.

    More Food Shortages Loom With Outbreaks at 60 U.S Plants
    A caravan of vehicles decorated with black ribbons and memorial pictures crawled through Yakima, Washington, last week to mark the death of David Cruz, a 60-year-old fruit warehouse employee who died after contracting coronavirus. The county, a hub of agricultural activity where workers jam into often crowded factories to package apples and other foods, has the highest per capita infection rate on the West Coast.
    It’s a grim reality that’s playing out across the country as Covid-19 spreads beyond the meat plants that have captured the national spotlight. At least 60 food-processing facilities outside the meatpacking industry have seen outbreaks, with more than 1,000 workers diagnosed with the virus, according to a new study from Environmental Working Group.
    There are about 1.7 million workers at food and beverage manufacturing facilities, of which roughly 500,000 are at meat processors, according to a 2018 U.S. Census Bureau survey.
    About 35% of food processing and dairy facilities have had at least one confirmed Covid-19 case, according to an International Brotherhood of Teamsters survey in May of union locals representing 79 plants. Roughly 80% of employers weren’t testing for the virus and more than a quarter of the workplaces didn’t allow employees to physically distance themselves 6 feet apart, the survey showed.

    The Teamsters union is planning a national “call to action” on Wednesday with demonstrations in almost 30 cities for better protection of food supply-chain workers.
    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-...more-shortages

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

    As recently as two weeks ago Smiths food and drug had very little meat. Yesterday it had plenty. I don't buy much anyway. What concerns me is this covid continues to run rampant through these factories. Obviously the problem is not being dealt with.

    As COVID-19 rages, America’s meatpacking workers battle for their lives

    As new COVID-19 infections surge to their highest levels since April, the deadly virus continues to ravage meatpacking plants across the nation. Companies are not implementing CDC guidelines for safe working conditions, so workers, their children, and union are finding ways to resist and demand action.

    The gruesome work of killing, cleaning, and deboning beef, pork, and chickens in massive factory operations were already among the most dangerous jobs before the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, nearly 100 meatpacking workers have died from COVID-19, and another 28,000 have tested positive. But true figures are hard to know since the companies and many state health departments are withholding data.

    Because the industry is heavily immigrant, Latinx, and other workers of color, these groups have suffered disproportionately. In Douglas County, Nebraska, home to Omaha, half of all COVID-19 infections are in the Latinx community, many of whom work in the plants.
    https://www.peoplesworld.org/article...r-their-lives/

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    UFCW: Tyson rivals Smithfield in its disregard for workers

    LOGANSPORT, Ind.—The now-infamous Smithfield pork production plant in South Dakota apparently has a “rival” of sorts among food processing factories that have become coronavirus pandemic hotspots.

    Welcome to the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Logansport, Ind., which had to shut for two weeks, from April 23-May 7, for complete cleaning and other measures after 900 of its 2,000 workers tested positive for the virus.

    So says worker Dennis Medbourne, one of three workers his union, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), assembled for a June 25 conference call marking day one hundred of the pandemic. As of 3 p.m. that day, the coronavirus sickened 2,404,781 people in the U.S., including 43,655 in Indiana, and killed 122,320 nationwide, among them 2,586 Indianans.

    It also includes 4,978 ill meat and poultry processing plant workers and 93-100 who have died, says UFCW President Marc Perrone. And that’s just the ones the union has been able to track, since companies, union and non-union, have been extremely close-mouthed.
    https://www.peoplesworld.org/article...d-for-workers/

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

    Disturbing and something I think has been directed from the highest levels of our government. Don't tell the people. Keep everything quiet and the virus will just "blow away".

    Revealed: Covid-19 outbreaks at meat-processing plants in US being kept quiet
    A chicken processing facility in western North Carolina reportedly underwent widespread testing for Covid-19 in early June.
    Workers at the plant were scared. Several employees had already tested positive and the company, Case Farms – which has been repeatedly condemned for animal treatment and workers’ rights violations – was not providing proper protective equipment.
    “We don’t have a lot of space at work. We are shoulder to shoulder,” said one worker, who declined to be identified, during a recent union call. “I’m afraid to go to work, but I have to go.”
    The testing turned up 150 positive cases at the facility, the worker said.
    On 8 June, the health department for Burke county, where the Case Farms facility is located, reported 136 new Covid cases, a 25% increase in its total caseload. Yet neither the company, county officials nor the North Carolina department of health and human services would confirm whether those cases were connected to Case Farms.
    As of Thursday, there were 2,772 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in 28 meat processing plant “clusters” around the state, the department said, but would not specify further.

    North Carolina as a whole has seen a marked increase in cases and hospitalizations over the past several weeks, prompting a “concerned” Governor Roy Cooper to announce last week that the state would pause in the second phase of its reopening plan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environm...north-carolina

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    The meat packing plants are almost back to normal, but the workers are still paying the price.

    Meatpacking production returns to near normal, but workers still paying the price of COVID-19
    Less than three months after the nation’s meatpacking plants became hotbeds for the coronavirus, meat production is nearly back to normal. But workers and their families are still paying the price.
    More than 30,000 meatpacking workers have fallen ill from COVID-19 nationally, according to data compiled by the Food and Environment Reporting Network, with outbreaks at every major plant in Minnesota and Iowa. At least 100 have died. Others have seen their lives upended or permanently altered.
    Line workers at slaughterhouses are predominantly people of color, immigrants or refugees for whom English is a second language. For some, other job opportunities are limited. Where unions are active, which is only in scattered pork plants and very few chicken slaughterhouses, they are relatively weak.
    Much of the meatpacking industry is consolidated under four large companies — JBS, Smithfield, Tyson and Cargill — and the workers don’t have much leverage.

    Unlike 60 years ago, meatpacking union contracts are plant-specific. Workers in Worthington could theoretically strike, but the owner, JBS, could shift production to another plant or bring in workers from elsewhere. Most plants have no union, including the Pilgrim’s Pride chicken plant in Cold Spring, Minn., and the Jennie-O turkey plant in Willmar, Minn.
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coron...at4-story.html

 

 
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