Trump Orders Meat Plants Open, Workers Push Back

Saturday, 02 May, 2020

Host Frank Stasio discusses the precariousness of meat production as well as the labor and public health questions around the processing facilities with Leah Douglas, a reporter for the Food and Environment Reporting Network. There were thousands of workers in these plants at one time, and they also shared break rooms, cafeterias and locker rooms. "Everyone is enthusiastic and we solved their problems".

"By keeping meat and poultry producers operating, the President's Executive Order will help avert hardship for agricultural producers and keep safe, affordable food on the tables of American families", said Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts.

Tyson Foods said that measure is another way the company is encouraging sick people to stay home.

At least 20 workers have already died from complications due to the coronavirus, and 22 plants around the country have been closed. The group noted that 5,000 meatpacking workers have either tested positive for COVID-19 or been forced to self-quarantine.

"Let me be clear".

The plan gained momentum after President Trump invoked defense production law on Tuesday to force meat plants to remain open during the pandemic, the report said. "Barriers, such as plexiglass barriers, should be used only to reinforce the six-feet distancing, not as a substitute".

LULAC is calling on Americans to observe "Meatless May Mondays" next month to highlight the need to protect workers. "That makes no sense", Schumer said.

Workers sort frozen chicken products in the plant in Portland in 2011, when the company was Barber Foods. Elizabeth Warren of MA are the lead sponsors of the workers bill of rights.

Marisol Avelar, who works at the Worthington plant, said she dreads the call from management telling her to come back. "We're working with each of those plants to see they are complying with the CDC guidance as well as OSHA to keep our workers safe".

In a newspaper advertisement published this week, Tyson Foods chairman John Tyson warned "millions of pounds of meat" will disappear from the supply chain due to the pandemic. The department will work collaboratively with companies and state and local officials to set safety standards based on guidelines for workers that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Occupational Safety and Health Administration released, he said.

Smithfield Foods said it would resume operations at a hog slaughter plant in Monmouth, in west-central IL, on Saturday, reported the Review Atlas newspaper.

Twenty-two U.S. meatpacking plants across the American Midwest have closed during the outbreak.

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Tyson said on Wednesday it was closing two pork-processing plants, including its largest in the United States, further tightening meat supplies following other major slaughterhouse shutdowns.

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On Thursday, Tyson temporarily suspended operations at its beef processing plant outside Sioux City, Iowa, after more than 900 workers tested positive for the coronavirus.

The fight to keep the US meat supply flowing has been a tough one.

In Nebraska on Tuesday, some of the 2,000 workers at a Smithfield Foods pork plant outside Lincoln briefly walked off the job to protest plans to keep open the facility, which has reported 48 COVID-19 cases.