Response from Sanderson Farms
Since the beginning of this crisis, top management at Sanderson Farms has hosted three telephone conference calls with investors to discuss the steps we have taken and continue to take to protect the health, safety and welfare of our employees... We have, in fact, received no investor pressure regarding the issue of worker safety during this crisis... We run the slowest line speeds in the industry, which contributes to the health and safety of our employees. We raised hourly wages more than $1 per hour last June (2019), and added another wage increase effective January 1, 2020. We are also paying an additional $1 per hour attendance bonus during this crisis... The list of steps we have taken to protect the health, safety and welfare of our employees and their families during this crisis is too long to list here, but the list includes:
- Employees are provided with and required to wear a face mask and safety glasses or face mask and clear face shield when inside the plant, feed mill or hatchery.
- Employees are asked to practice social distancing when possible and while on breaks. Additional break space has been provided with outdoor tents.
- Plexiglass partitions have been installed in all break rooms to help distance / protect employees when on break.
- All locations are being sanitized by a third-party sanitation company every weekend for disinfecting.
- Employees who test positive are sent home to self-quarantine with pay. Employees who work in close proximity of an infected employee are sent home to self-quarantine with pay and can return to work at the end of 14 days as long as no fever for 72 hours and no symptoms.