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.
Poultry and meatpacking workers submitted a petition to OSHA in September 2013 asking the agency to issue a regulation to address line speed and other hazards that lead to musculoskeletal injuries. Sixteen months later, they're still waiting for a response.
Nine poultry workers filed safety and whistleblower complaints with the Labor Department against the country's fifth largest poultry company and the temp staffing agency that hired some of them.
The poultry industry must have its head stuck in the chicken coop. With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, the industry is trying to convince the public that poultry-processing plants are great places to earn a living. The facts tell us something different.
Senator Gillibrand's "Safe Meat & Poultry Act" includes one short provision that really caught my eye. USDA would need to rely on OSHA's determination on what is an appropriate line speed to ensure the health of plant workers is protected.