LULAC Says Meatpacking Workers Safety Still A Priority
Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization
Continues to Seek Progress Through Direct Dialogue with Companies
Washington, DC - The League
of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today announced that it has seen
progress in working environments for the nation’s meatpacking workers amid
COVID-19 and intends to continue seeking constructive engagement with food
producers as the path forward.
“LULAC is not giving up its
right to speak out on many important issues facing our community,” says
Domingo Garcia, National President. “However, our single focus here and now
is worker safety for the tens of thousands of Latinos who are still going
into meatpacking plants every day. To get that, we are meeting with the
CEO’s of these companies and going into the plants to see for ourselves the
changes they’re making to fight the coronavirus. The virus is the enemy,”
LULAC is presenting food
producers with a five-point set of principles for progress that includes:
monthly testing of all workers for COVID-19, complete personal protection
equipment, line speed to labor adjustment, compensation for infected
workers undergoing care and assistance to families who have lost loved ones
to coronavirus. So far, LULAC has met with JBS in Greeley Colorado and
Tyson Foods in Springdale, Arkansas. Both have made significant strides.
Discussions are also underway with Cargill in Minnetonka, Minnesota to
begin a similar review.
“There is still more that can
and must be done which we will achieve by working together with companies
that are making necessary changes and we can’t get sidetracked by other
agendas that distract us from worker safety,” says Garcia. “Ultimately, we
need new legislation and federal funding to assist meat producers and
workers in making vital design and operational changes that benefit our
nation’s food supply plants and workers. It’s an ambitious goal but in the
end, America will be a better nourished nation for it and equally
important, the workers will have a safer work place. LULAC will continue to
monitor all progress and continue to dialogue with workers” he added.
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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s
largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers
Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in
Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto
Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important
issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For
more information, visit www.LULAC.org.
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