HEAL and 25+ local, state, and national organizations representing workers have come together to demand the resignations of Labor Secretary Scalia and Loren Sweatt, who oversee OSHA, due to their failure to take even basic steps to protect workers, especially workers in meat processing facilities, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 55,000 meat packing workers have tested positive for COVID-19, yet they STILL lack basic protections like six feet of space, and the ability to stay home when sick.
The Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which have been charged with ensuring safe conditions for workers, have failed people working on the frontlines at every turn of the pandemic. We are demanding the resignations of Labor Department heads Eugene Scalia and Loren Sweatt, who oversee OSHA, due to their failure to take even basic steps to protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the same time, Tyson, JBS, Smithfield and other meat corporations continue to profit, while workers are forced to choose between their lives and their livelihoods. These mega-food corporations will continue to tout safe protocols while in reality, they ignore critical CDC social distancing guidelines. It is up to our elected officials and lawmakers to hold JBS, Tyson, and Smithfield accountable.
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