Labor groups file federal complaint against Iowa OSHA over virus concerns


KCCI Des Moines (IA)

Nov 13, 2020


DES MOINES, Iowa Eight Iowa labor and civil rights groups announced a federal complaint Friday against Iowa OSHA over coronavirus concerns.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa said unions representing meatpacking, the dairy industry, construction, transportation, health care facilities, nursing homes, and other industries are filing the formal complaint with federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


The complaint alleges numerous Iowa workplaces are not properly protecting their workers from COVID-19, and Iowa OSHA is not investigating complaints about those workplaces properly.


The ACLU says the following businesses are specifically named in the complaint: Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City, JBS/Swift Pork Processing Plant in Marshalltown, Agri Star Processing Plant in Postville, Tyson Foods Pork in Perry, Community Choice Credit Union in Johnston, Prairie Farms Dairy in Dubuque, Ryan Companies in Bondurant, Care Initiatives in Odebolt...