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

    This story combines issues over the virus at a meat packing plant and contentious labor negotiations.

    JBS workers walk out of Greeley plant amid pay negotiations
    Workers at the JBS meat processing plant in Greeley walked off the job Friday afternoon to amid negotiations regarding pay and safety improvements.
    According to state data, 287 workers at the plant have tested positive for COVID-19. Six plant workers have died.
    Additionally, five people at JBS’ corporate offices have tested positive for the virus; one of those workers has died.
    Abigail Silva, a worker at the plant, estimated more than 200 people walked off the processing line Friday.
    UFCW Local 7, the union representing workers, said it did not organize the walkout.
    https://kdvr.com/news/local/jbs-work...-negotiations/

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

    This is a very long article.
    It explores the conditions at a chicken processing plant in North Carolina during the coronavirus outbreak. They are attempting to decertify the union while this is ongoing. Those folks are using an employee, who doesn't even speak English, to move that forward. It also speaks of the NLRB and OSHA, who both have been one sided lately. One other issue was the fact that exports of chicken products increased to the China all during the time we were told there were meat and chicken shortages. The company refuses to divulge how many people got sick or are still sick and working.
    The final comment I'll make is the low wages they are paid forces them to use Medicaid for healthcare instead of the employer providing them with healthcare.

    How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic
    Nelson Hill, an official with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, told the small but boisterous crowd, which included top Democratic officials from the state, among them Senator Chris Coons. The union, part of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., represents some 1.3 million laborers in poultry-processing and meatpacking plants, as well as workers in grocery stores and retail establishments. Its members, many defined as “essential” workers—without the option of staying home—have been hit extraordinarily hard by the coronavirus. The union estimates that nearly thirty thousand of its workers in the food and health-care sectors have contracted covid-19, and that two hundred and thirty-eight of those have died.
    The jobs at Mountaire rank as among the most dangerous and worst paid in America. Government statistics indicate that poultry and meat-processing companies report more severe injuries than other industries commonly assumed to be more hazardous, including coal mining and sawmilling.
    The industry, which is dominated by large multinational corporations such as Mountaire, has grown increasingly concentrated, expanding its political influence while replacing unionized employees with contract hires, often immigrants or refugees.
    The National Labor Relations Board ordered an election at the Selbyville plant. When the union protested that this would violate the customary bar on overturning contracts before three years, the N.L.R.B. decided to broaden the case, reŽxamining the entire concept of barring challenges to settled union contracts. The move has shocked labor-law experts. By statute, the N.L.R.B. has five members and is bipartisan, but the Trump Administration has filled only three seats, all with Republicans.
    The prospect of food shortages understandably caused concern in the White House. Yet reports show that in April, as Tyson and other producers were warning that “millions of pounds of meat will disappear” from American stores if they had to shut down, exports of pork to China broke records—and Mountaire’s chicken exports were 3.4 per cent higher than they were a year earlier. The next month, the company’s exports were 10.9 per cent lower than in 2019, but its exports to China and Hong Kong grew by 23.1 per cent in April and by fourteen per cent in May, according to statistics provided by Christopher Rogers, an analyst with Panjiva, which tracks the food-supply chain. Tony Corbo, a lobbyist for Food and Water Watch, a progressive nonprofit advocacy group, said, “They were crying about shortages, and yet we’re still exporting meat. The shortage was phony.”
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...t-the-pandemic

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

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    This story combines issues over the virus at a meat packing plant and contentious labor negotiations.

    JBS workers walk out of Greeley plant amid pay negotiations

    https://kdvr.com/news/local/jbs-work...-negotiations/
    They got a pay raise and the union is still negotiating over safety issues.

    JBS Employees Get Raise After Walking Off Job Over Pay Dispute
    The union that represents thousands of employees at the JBS beef plant says workers are getting a pay raise. JBS will give employees a $1.85 an hour wage increase.
    Some workers at the Greeley plant walked off the job earlier this month over the pay dispute. At least 286 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Six have been killed by the virus.
    The union says it will continue to fight for worker safety during the pandemic.
    https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/07/...%20the%20virus.

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

    This is an update on COVID inside the food processing industry.

    Update on Covid-19 among meatpacking workers: an American tragedy
    Leah Douglas at the Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) is doing a great public service. She has a website where she reports Covid-19 cases among workers in the food system.

    These are not trivial. As of July 24, she reports Covid-19 cases in:

    370 meatpacking plants
    139 food processing plants
    74 farms and production facilities
    As for confirmed cases:

    37,197 meatpacking workers
    4,635 food processing workers
    4,927 farmworkers
    She reports 188 deaths among these workers

    168 among meatpacking workers
    14 among food processing workers
    6 among farmworkers
    https://www.foodpolitics.com/2020/07...rican-tragedy/

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

    This is not meat packing but again having to do with the food supply. I watched this a week or two ago and it was very disturbing. This is from Frontline on PBS regarding the people working in the fields for our vegetables and takes place mostly in CA.

    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/f...s-hidden-toll/

 

 
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