“The workers are being sacrificed. This could be a death sentence.”
That’s what the president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 said last week, as JBS prepared to reopen its meatpacking plant in Greeley. This week saw another employee—the sixth to date—die from COVID-19.
While workers fight for survival, Donald Trump treats them as expendable. Despite widespread risks, the President ordered meat processing plants to remain open as part of the nation’s “critical infrastructure.”
The women and men—many of them Latinx, African American, and immigrants—who work at the plants? Not Trump’s concern.
These employees faced enormous hazards, including dangerous equipment and hazardous chemicals, even before the pandemic hit. Now they’re being sent to work—Cory Gardner’s boasts to the contrary—without adequate testing or protection.
Today is International Workers’ Day, a chance to honor working people around the world. But conditions like these are nothing to celebrate.
This fight is essential. Tune in at noon.
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