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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 12:01 PM

Congress wants answers after hundreds of meatpacking workers died from COVID-19

By Pro Publica via Raw Story
February 4, 2021

A key congressional panel launched an investigation this week into the wave of COVID-19 infections that killed hundreds of workers at meatpacking plants nationwide last year and highlighted longstanding hazards in the industry.

Since the start of the pandemic, the meat industry has struggled to contain the virus in its facilities, and plants in Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas have endured some of the biggest workplace outbreaks in the country.

The meat companies' employees, many of them immigrants and refugees, slice pig bellies or cut up chicken carcasses in close quarters. Many of them don't speak English and aren't granted paid sick leave. To date, more than 50,000 meatpacking workers have been infected and at least 250 have died, according to a ProPublica tally.

The congressional investigation, opened by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, will examine the role of JBS, Smithfield Foods and Tyson Foods, three of the nation's largest meat companies, which, the subcommittee said, had "refused to take basic precautions to protect their workers" and had "shown a callous disregard for workers' health."

https://www.rawstory.com/after-hundreds-of-meatpacking-workers-died-from-19-congress-wants-answers/

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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 12:07 PM

1. Good!



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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 12:09 PM

2. If any group should jump to the head of the line

for vaccines, the meatpackers should be it. They've had to work in unsafe conditions throughout the pandemic ... for our benefit.

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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 12:12 PM

3. In Arkansas they are not Whites working there so they do get Covid very easily. In Arkansas

they are the main group dying of Covid, but are not eligible for the vaccine as they are working and not old.

They should have been the first to get the vaccine as they were the group catching it, spreading it and dying because of it.

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