Environmental Working Group called the order a potential death sentence. The United Food and Commercial Workers union said in a statement that if workers aren’t safe, the food supply won’t be either. At least 20 workers in meat and food processing have died, and 5,000 meatpacking workers have either tested positive for the virus or were forced to self-quarantine, according to UFCW.
President Donald Trump plans to order slaughterhouses to remain open, setting up a showdown between the giant companies that produce America’s meat and the unions and activists who want to protect workers in a pandemic. Using the Defense Production Act, Trump will order plants to stay open as part of the critical infrastructure needed to keep people fed amid growing supply disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak. The government will provide additional protective gear for employees as well as guidance.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Trumpocracy orders meat plant workers back to work, "a potential death threat."
One of my worst fears is now being rolled out by the Trumpocracy. Ordering people to go back to work sets people up for firings and a not so "liberating" forced slavery. And Gov. Tony Evers is a tyrant?