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·         U.S. workers hit McDonald's with class action over COVID-19 safety

·         Hundreds of McDonald's workers plan Wednesday strike over COVID-19 protections

·         McDonald’s hit with two class-action suits over COVID-19 worker safety

 

 

U.S. workers hit McDonald's with class action over COVID-19 safety

 

By Tom Hals, Thomson Reuters

via WKZO (MI) - May 19, 2020

 

(Reuters) - Five McDonald's workers in Chicago filed a class action lawsuit against the chain on Tuesday, accusing it of failing to adopt government safety guidance on COVID-19 and endangering employees and their families.

 

McDonald's failed to provide adequate hand sanitizer, gloves and masks and has not notified its staff when an employee has become infected with the new coronavirus, according to a copy of the lawsuit provided by a spokesman for the workers.

 

McDonald's said in a statement that the allegations were inaccurate and that safety, including wellness checks and protective gear, was a top priority.

 

The workers requested the Illinois state court issue an injunction, which would make McDonald's stop requiring workers to reuse masks, mandate face coverings for customers and require the company to inform employees if a coworker becomes infected.

 

Separately, McDonald's workers at three California locations on Tuesday filed administrative actions over allegedly unsafe conditions with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

 

Employees at restaurants, warehouses and other essential businesses that remained open during the COVID-19 outbreak have protested and walked off the job over fears of getting sick.

 

Trade groups have warned of a wave of litigation over the pandemic, but few cases have been filed.

 

Retailer Walmart Inc and meat producers JBS SA and Tyson Foods Inc were each sued over employee deaths from COVID-19.

 

Smithfield Foods Inc [SFII.UL] was sued...

 

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https://wkzo.com/news/articles/2020/may/19/us-workers-hit-mcdonalds-with-class-action-over-covid-19-safety/

 

 

Hundreds of McDonald's workers plan Wednesday strike over COVID-19 protections

 

Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY

May 19, 2020

 

Hundreds of McDonald’s workers in 20 cities plan to strike Wednesday on the day before the company’s annual shareholders meeting — part of an effort to pressure the fast-food chain into improving what they say are inadequate protections for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Labor organizers say there have been scores of McDonald's workers with COVID-19 in at least 17 states. They also cite a survey of more than 800 McDonald's workers from March 31 to April 6 in which 42% reported being told not to wear masks and gloves by management.  The survey also said 46% came to work feeling sick because they were afraid they would be disciplined or penalized.

 

The strike is supported by the Service Employees International Union and is being organized by the "Fight for $15" minimum-wage labor campaign.

 

"This is about choices," SEIU President Mary Kay Henry said. "McDonald’s can do the right thing and protect its workers. It is choosing not to."

 

The company disputes the allegations by these workers, saying they are not representative of the 850,000 McDonald’s employees nationwide. McDonald’s also called it a strategically timed “publicity stunt” by labor organizers.

 

Each side planned to take out full-page advertisements in national newspapers this week on the subject of safety at McDonald's restaurants. One ad is scheduled to appear Wednesday in USA TODAY in the form of an open letter to McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski. It was submitted by several public health professionals, including David Michaels, former chief of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

 

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2020/05/19/coronavirus-mcdonalds-employees-national-strike-over-safety/5218729002/

 

 

McDonald’s hit with two class-action suits over COVID-19 worker safety

 

By Reuters

via New York Post - May 19, 2020

 

Five McDonald’s workers in Chicago filed a class-action lawsuit against the chain on Tuesday, accusing it of failing to adopt government safety guidance on COVID-19 and endangering employees and their families.

 

McDonald’s failed to provide adequate hand sanitizer, gloves and masks and has not notified its staff when an employee has become infected with the new coronavirus, according to a copy of the lawsuit provided by a spokesman for the workers.

 

McDonald’s said in a statement that the allegations were inaccurate and that safety, including wellness checks and protective gear, was a top priority.

 

The workers requested the Illinois state court issue an injunction, which would make McDonald’s stop requiring workers to reuse masks, mandate face coverings for customers and require the company to inform employees if a coworker becomes infected.

 

Separately, McDonald’s workers at three California locations on Tuesday filed administrative actions over allegedly unsafe conditions with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

 

Employees at restaurants, warehouses and other essential businesses that remained open during the COVID-19 outbreak have protested and walked off the job over fears of getting sick.

 

Trade groups have warned of a wave of litigation over the pandemic, but few cases have been filed...

 

more, including links

https://nypost.com/2020/05/19/mcdonalds-hit-with-chicago-and-california-class-action-suits-over-covid-19-safety/