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· Tyson Foods, unions strike deal over COVID-19 vaccine mandate
· Tyson Foods offering employees sick leave, vacation time in exchange for COVID-19 vaccine mandate
· Tyson Foods Expands Education Opportunities in Storm Lake through 1+2 Training Program
Tyson Foods, unions strike deal over COVID-19 vaccine mandate
By Tom Polansek, Reuters
September 3, 2021
CHICAGO, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) said on Friday that labor unions have agreed to support its requirement for U.S. employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November, and the company will offer new benefits to workers including paid sick leave.
Companies have been working to incentivize employees to get vaccinated through bonuses and other benefits as the highly contagious Delta variant drives an increase in U.S. coronavirus infections. In some instances, employees who do not get shots face penalties like higher insurance costs.
Tyson, the biggest U.S. meat company by sales, said on Aug. 3 that U.S. employees must get vaccinated, though the requirement for unionized plant workers was subject to negotiations.
The company has now won support from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which represent more than 80% of Tyson's 31,000 unionized workers in the United States, it said in a statement...
Tyson Foods offering employees sick leave, vacation time in exchange for COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Tyler Jett, Des Moines Register (IA)
Sep 3, 2021
In exchange for requiring employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Tyson Foods will give workers more paid time off.
For the first time, the meatpacking company will give employees 20 hours of annual sick leave, starting Jan. 1. The company will also give new hires a week of vacation after six months of employment — six months earlier than the previous requirement.
"These measures are the latest examples of our ongoing efforts to make Tyson the most sought-after place to work," Human Resources Officer Johanna Söderström said in a statement.
The new benefits come after Tyson announced last month that it will require all employees to receive the vaccine, effective Nov. 1...
Tyson Foods Expands Education Opportunities in Storm Lake through 1+2 Training Program
Storm Lake Radio
Sep 3, 2021
An Industrial Electrical Maintenance Certificate program, offered by Tyson Foods in collaboration with Iowa Central Community College, is increasing its enrollment from 12 to 18 students beginning this fall.
The certificate program is part of the 1+2 Maintenance Training Program curriculum, an industrial maintenance training program marking its five-year anniversary that provides affordable education, hourly wages and full-time employment, including benefits.
The program launched in Storm Lake in 2016, and approximately 30 students have completed the program, with 21 students still employed at the Storm Lake Tyson pork plant today. Students in the 1+2 Training Program receive hands-on experience with machines, equipment and facilities with welding, mechanical, electrical and hydraulics. Participants are paid to attend class in the morning and work at the Tyson pork plant in the afternoon. Once completed, they will receive a certificate in industrial maintenance technology and have the opportunity to earn up to $50,000 per year at the Tyson Storm Lake plant.
“Our company and other manufacturers with operations in Iowa have a tremendous need for more workers with strong vocational skills,” said Lonnie Woock, Storm Lake pork plant manager, Tyson Fresh Meats...