Workers demand coronavirus protection as Trump orders meatpacking plants to stay open

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Meatpacking facilities across the nation have fueled virus hot spots in the surrounding communities, but the White House ordered them to remain open to maintain the nation's food supply chain.

On Tuesday, President Trump announced that he would be using the Defense Production Act to keep meatpacking facilities open, further raising safety concerns for workers and the surrounding communities, which have already become hotspots for the coronavirus.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents 1.3 million food and retail workers, responded to the order by stating that if the plants are to remain open then workers need access to the federal stockpile of personal protective equipment and to daily testing. Story continuesTyson took out a full-page ad in a number of newspapers Sunday defending their response to the outbreak and warning that “the supply chain is breaking.”

“The more than 1,400 employees in Wallula, the countless members of the surrounding communities, and the millions of consumers of Tyson’s products deserve a swifter and more comprehensive response to the COVID-19 outbreak than they have experienced this far,” Murray wrote. In Iowa, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds declined to order the closure of hog processing plants despite the coronavirus spreading in the communities where they were located. Black Hawk County, where one plant is located, reported more than 900 COVID-19 cases and at least 12 deaths. The county health director characterized the rise in cases as a “surge.”


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That’s gross, thank goodness I don’t see this when purchasing meat, I’d be a vegetarian ewwww 😳🤮🤢

This is the responsibility of the corporation in question, and if they need assistance they can always ask the county, the state, and thereafter the federal government...

Best of British luck with that!!

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