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14 Apr 2020


Poultry companies: Give workers essential benefits & safe conditions during COVID19

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Poultry workers do not have access to paid leave benefits, so workers are forced to continue working to avoid loss of income, their jobs, or out of fear of being penalized... As COVID-19 spreads, the situation is more dangerous and direr for workers. Poultry workers should be considered a high-risk group due to the high amounts of chemicals they are exposed to everyday. These chemicals have resulted in permanent respiratory issues in workers.

... We demand Tyson Foods, George’s Co, Simmons Foods, Ozark Mountain Poultry, and Cargill to pay leave benefits for workers. It is not enough to only allow workers to go home if they feel sick while they're not being paid for those absences, poultry companies have the duty to protect their workers fairly from any harm caused by COVID-19... Poultry workers must also be compensated for being quarantined to prevent further spread of the virus that can potentially harm more workers in addition to receive a hazard pay for risking their lives as COVID-19 rapidly spreads in our communities. We demand that Tyson Foods and other poultry companies take the right steps to protect workers’ health and income to survive this crisis.