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·         ‘This Is Not A Game’: Perdue Farms Workers Walk Out Over Coronavirus Concerns

… “We’re not getting nothing — no type of compensation, no nothing, not even no cleanliness, no extra pay — no nothing. We’re up here risking our life for chicken,” she said…

 

·         They’re Called Essential, But Food Workers Are Resisting

Federal governments have been quick to exempt food makers and distributors from lockdowns -- after all, people have to eat. Now some local authorities and unions are fighting back… 

 

·         The Coronavirus Could Force Mass Slaughterhouse Closures

The USDA announced slaughterhouses across the country would remain staffed with federal inspectors despite the current coronavirus outbreak.

 

 

 

‘This Is Not A Game’: Perdue Farms Workers Walk Out Over Coronavirus Concerns

 

CBS DFW (TX)

March 24, 2020

 

KATHLEEN, Ga. (CBS Local) — Approximately 50 workers at the Perdue Farms plant in Kathleen, Georgia, walked off the job Monday morning, saying they don’t feel safe working there during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Kendaliyn Granville told CBS affiliate WMAZ some workers on the production line were in contact with people who tested positive for COVID-19 and the company should do more to protect workers.

 

“We’re not getting nothing — no type of compensation, no nothing, not even no cleanliness, no extra pay — no nothing. We’re up here risking our life for chicken,” she said.

 

Perdue says it is doing “everything we can to take good care of our Associates while continuing to produce safe and reliable food.”

 

“We’ve stepped up a number of our protocols to help ensure the health and wellness of our Associates,” the company said in a statement, including “increased cleaning protocols in all of our offices and facilities, not only for sanitation but also in common areas, cafeterias, and locker rooms.”

 

But Granville says when she comes in every morning, there is food on the floor from the night before and the bathrooms are still dirty.

 

“All we’re asking now is just to sanitize the building. Sanitize the building. Everybody that’s been exposed to it, they need to go home. These folks are still on the floor,” she said…

 

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https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/03/24/this-not-game-food-plant-workers-walk-out-over-coronavirus-concerns/

 

 

They’re Called Essential, But Food Workers Are Resisting

 

Tatiana Freitas and Lydia Mulvany, Bloomberg

via Yahoo Finance - March 24, 2020

 

(Bloomberg) -- Federal governments have been quick to exempt food makers and distributors from lockdowns -- after all, people have to eat. Now some local authorities and unions are fighting back.

 

Mayors in South America have halted some aspects of agricultural production. Unions have threatened to strike over safety concerns. And some poultry workers in the U.S. walked off the job.

 

These pockets of resistance along the supply chain underscore the balancing act needed to contain the coronavirus and protect workers deemed essential while delivering goods and services. It’s an especially acute issue given that transportation, labor and other logistical woes have already made it hard to get food where it needs to be in the pandemic era.

 

In Brazil, a union nearly succeeded in shutting down two JBS SA chicken facilities by convincing a judge that the health risks were too great. In the U.S., chicken giant Perdue Farms is trying to appease workers after two dozen employees at a 600-person plant in Kathleen, Georgia, staged a walkout. The first meat processing employee to test positive for coronavirus in the U.S. also materialized Monday, at a Sanderson Farms Inc. plant.

 

“These brave workers walked out to protect themselves, their community and the public,” said Debbie Berkowitz, worker health and safety program director at the National Employment Law Project, who added that meat plant workers should get raises for the risks they’re taking.

 

Full Tilt

 

While none of the meat plant incidents have so far caused operational disruptions, there are concerns that more may be coming, causing supply chain hiccups right as consumers are binge-buying groceries to fuel shelter-in-place lockdowns.

 

The U.S. pork industry has requested more guest worker visas, and there’s speculation that plants have been running full-tilt not only to supply unprecedented retail food demand, but also to get as much production in as possible before virus-related disruptions slow the pace.

 

It’s not only meat. Some mayors in key Brazilian agricultural areas are halting transportation as a way to contain the virus. The mayor of Canarana in Mato Grosso state halted trucking to grain ports, and the mayor of Rondonopolis has ordered mills to stop operating. Repair shops are also facing restrictions...

 

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https://finance.yahoo.com/news/called-essential-local-food-workers-185300786.html

 

 

The Coronavirus Could Force Mass Slaughterhouse Closures

The USDA announced slaughterhouses across the country would remain staffed with federal inspectors despite the current coronavirus outbreak.

 

Audrey Enjoli, Live Kindly

March 24, 2020

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is under pressure to keep slaughterhouses open amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. But, the pandemic could lead to closures.

 

In an attempt to reassure meat producers, the USDA announced Monday that slaughterhouses across the country will stay open. It said slaughterhouses would remain staffed with federal inspectors.

 

“We can assure you that the agencies are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees while still providing the timely delivery of the services to maintain the movement of America’s food supply from farm to fork,” the USDA said in a release.

 

The recent pandemic has hit greatly affected the livestock industry. Markets have been negatively impacted amid disruptions to supply chains.

 

According to Reuters, meat companies including Tyson and Smithfield Foods may shutter slaughterhouses if prices for livestock decline further.

 

Factory Farms and Disease ...

 

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