US union demands closure of LA meat processing plant

A union representing workers at a meat packing plant near Los Angeles demand the plant be closed after over 150 workers contract COVID-19.
calendar icon 29 May 2020
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Smithfield, owned by China's WH Group Ltd, said in a statement it has "implemented aggressive measures" to protect workers' health and safety, including temperature scanning, free voluntary COVID-19 tests, more personal protective equipment and plexiglass barriers on the production floor.

Meatpacking plants have proved devastatingly effective vectors of the coronavirus across the United States. About 30 plants temporarily closed in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and several other Midwestern states last month, according to the UFCW.

Pork and beef slaughter capacity have dropped by 30 percent to 40 percent, according to the USDA. To avoid a further decline in a major food supply, President Donald Trump at the end of April ordered meat plants stay open during the pandemic.

Los Angeles County Commissioner Hilda Solis said in a statement the county has asked the Smithfield plant to provide a report by next week detailing its COVID-19 mitigation plans and what it is doing to provide support for the plant’s "workers, their families, and the surrounding Southeast Los Angeles communities."

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