I can thank the Trump Administration for providing a new phrase to describe how the poultry industry distorts information about working conditions in its plants. Assertions about injury prevention and medical treatment are debunked in a new paper published in the Journal of Safety Research.
Oxfam's "Women on the Line" and the Food Chain Workers' Alliance's "No Piece of the Pie" provide more evidence of the low wages, harsh conditions, and disrespect experienced by millions of workers in the U.S. food industry.
New Jersey's growing temp industry is rife with labor violations, worker mistreatment; advocates in North Carolina demand safer conditions for poultry plant workers; former Wells Fargo workers sue over aggressive sales quotas that led to fraud; and an investigation into northern California's marijuana industry finds rampant sexual abuse and assault.
Restaurant workers in California experience severe injuries and disability; OSHA pushes back against a judge's ruling in poultry plant inspection case; Gov. Chris Christie vetoes a $15 minimum wage bill; and the women making Nike products in Vietnam often earn poverty wages and face grueling production expectations.
The EEOC alleges in a lawsuit against Wayne Farms, a poultry-processing company, that its attendance policy results in injured workers being fired. That's a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Recent pieces address Congress's failure to address Zika (by a pregnant Miami reporter), political parties' different approaches to public health, pregnancy-related deaths in Texas, and more.
Farmworkers in south Texas continue to struggle 50 years after historic worker strike; Illinois governor signs Domestic Workers Bill of Rights; Samsung Electronics accused of withholding deadly chemical exposure information from workers; and OSHA fines a Tyson chicken plant after a worker loses a finger.
OSHA added five new topics to its regulatory agenda despite being tardy completing its current rulemaking activities. Reading the agenda brings several questions to mind.
Poultry company priorities: Vegetarian meals for the chickens, but their workers still can’t use the bathroom
Delaware-based Allen Harim Foods provides another upsetting example of the poultry industry caring more about its chickens than its employees.
Poultry processing firm Allen Harim Foods' slogan is "Improving the Quality of Life and Sharing Happiness." It's difficult for me to see how either is achieved with its mismanagement of work-related injuries and the hazards that cause them.