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OSHA, South Dakota pork plant settle coronavirus complaint

Nov. 15, 2021 19:52 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators announced Monday that they have reached an agreement with Smithfield Foods to settle a contested citation of the company’s coronavirus safety measures during a massive outbreak last year at a South Dakota pork processing plant....

Smithfield plant workers say they're "fed up" with treatment

Oct. 31, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Workers at a Sioux Falls pork processing plant that was overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic said the company is no longer working in good faith. A spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers local union said they are “fed up” with...

Report: At least 59,000 meat workers caught COVID, 269 died

Oct. 27, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At least 59,000 meatpacking workers caught COVID-19 and 269 workers died when the virus tore through the industry last year, which is significantly more than previously thought, according to a new U.S. House report released Wednesday. The meatpacking...

Meatpacker Tyson: Mandate led 96% of workers to get vaccine

Oct. 26, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Meatpacking giant Tyson Foods says more than 96% of its workers have been vaccinated ahead of the company's Nov. 1 deadline for them to do so. The company based in Springdale, Arkansas, said the number of its 120,000 workers who have been vaccinated...

Striking bourbon workers ratify new Heaven Hill contract

Oct. 23, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Striking workers at one of the world's largest bourbon producers voted to a ratify a new contract Saturday, a day after announcing a tentative agreement with Heaven Hill. About 420 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23D went on...

Big bourbon producer Heaven Hill faces strike in Kentucky

Sep. 13, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

Union workers, upset over the prospect of expanded weekend shifts, have manned picket lines at bottling and warehouse operations of Kentucky-based Heaven Hill Distillery, one of the world's largest bourbon producers. The walkout, in its third day Monday, involves about...

Meat, farm workers to get $600 grants in new $700M aid plan

Sep. 07, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Meatpacking workers and farm workers who were severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible to get grants of up to $600 per person as part of a new $700 million aid program the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday. ...