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·         Coronavirus Kills 93 U.S. Meatpacking Workers, Union Says

… The union blames the Trump administration for failing to enforce Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, which the union says is allowing employers to avoid implementing stronger worker protection during the ongoing pandemic…  

 

·         Coronavirus Kills 93 U.S. Meatpacking Workers, Union Says

·         Meatpacking Union Calls For Increased Pay And National Company Virus Registry

 

 

Union says workplace protections still a concern as coronavirus cases surge in some states

 

Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star (IN)

Jun 25, 2020

 

As new novel coronavirus cases spike in some areas of the country, a union representing front line grocery, meat packing and health care workers is urging states to enforce workplace protections and mandate the wearing of masks in public to curtail the virus' transmission.

 

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union held a virtual press conference Thursday to call on government leaders to take immediate action to curtail the rising number of new cases seen across several states.

 

"State, federal and local leaders are failing to establish a clear and enforceable safety standard. Instead, we're witnessing a mix in states, in cities, in counties," said Marc Perrone, union president. "They've required some safety standards like requiring masks, and others don't have any standards at all."

 

Despite the reopening of dozens of states and resumption of commerce, the coronavirus remains a very real threat, Perrone said, adding that there is no true enforcement of workplace safety measures enacted to curtail the virus' spread.

 

The union blames the Trump administration for failing to enforce Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, which the union says is allowing employers to avoid implementing stronger worker protection during the ongoing pandemic.

 

Indiana began opening in phases in May and has since transitioned into Stage 4 of a five stage reopening plan...

 

... Union member and Tyson employee Dennis Melbourn said roughly 900 workers of the 2,000 employees at Tyson's pork processing plant in Logansport tested positive for coronavirus prior to the facility's temporary closure. The plant closed April 25 after an outbreak, reopened and quickly closed again, according to USA Today.

 

Melbourn said he was one of hundreds of employees who tested positive. He had mild symptoms, losing his sense of smell and taste and experiencing some headaches.

 

There was mass testing of employees in April. And before the facility's closure, Tyson installed Plexiglass shields between assembly line workers and in the cafeteria as a protective measure, Melbourn said. Management also assigned workers to clean frequently used surfaces and supplied them with washable masks they are required to wear daily.

 

Since the reopening...

 

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https://www.indystar.com/story/money/2020/06/25/indiana-coronavirus-union-wants-states-mandate-masks-public/3259061001/

 

 

Coronavirus Kills 93 U.S. Meatpacking Workers, Union Says

 

By Reuters

via The New York Times - June 25, 2020

 

CHICAGO — The largest U.S. meatpacking union said on Thursday that 93 meatpacking and food-processing workers have died from COVID-19 and employees continue to face risks from the new coronavirus.

 

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union told reporters...

 

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https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/06/25/us/25reuters-health-coronavirus-usa-meatpacking.html

 

 

Meatpacking Union Calls For Increased Pay And National Company Virus Registry

 

By Justin Hicks, Indiana Public Media

June 25, 2020

 

A labor union that represents meatpacking, grocery and health workers in Indiana is calling for hazard pay and mask requirements at work. It’s part of a broader effort to enforce national workplace health and safety standards amid the pandemic.

 

The United Food and Commercial Workers union held an online news conference calling for increased pay and safety requirements to be enforced. It would also like for larger companies to put data on workers affected by COVID-19 on a national public registry.  

 

Dennis Medbourn works at the Tyson Foods plant in Logansport. He said despite mandatory mask wearing and plexiglass barriers, he was one of the roughly 900 workers there who tested positive for the virus.

 

“By the time most of these things were done, it was too late to have an impact,” he said. “If it had been sooner, maybe I wouldn’t have gotten sick.”

 

The union said in the meatpacking industry alone...

 

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