A number of the stores’ nearly 500,000 employees have reported being homeless, receiving government food stamps or relying on food banks.
The pandemic has supposedly given service workers leverage. But many still have unstable hours and incomes because employers like the flexibility.
The meatpacking giant, which was criticized for failing to do enough to protect its workers from Covid-19 last year, has become a leader on corporate mandates.
Operations at several owned by JBS, which processes one-fifth of the country’s beef, were affected, according to union representatives and Facebook posts meant for employees.
“It’s no different now than it was a year ago,” one Kroger employee said, as states like Texas and Mississippi end mask requirements.
Booming business during the pandemic hasn’t always meant better wages, and they have largely been left off vaccine priority lists.
The inaugural committee did not disclose how much it has raised so far for the event, which is to be scaled down because of the pandemic.
Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.
Employees of a JBS meat-processing plant in Greeley, Colo., got sick or died, but their families have so far been denied compensation.
A clash at a Maryland local shows the tensions in a labor movement whose ranks include law enforcement officers along with many nonwhite, nonpolice members.
As business restrictions are lifted, employees have moved from advocating workplace safeguards to making sure the measures aren’t removed too soon.
The executive action signals that decisions around whether to close or reopen plants should be driven by the federal government, not local authorities.
The executive order is meant to prevent shortages of pork, chicken and other products. But unions fear it will endanger workers in the plants, which have become coronavirus hot spots.
The executive order is aimed at preventing shortages of pork, chicken and other products by ensuring that meat processing facilities remain open despite a risk of coronavirus outbreaks.
A lawsuit filed against a Smithfield Foods plant claims it has created a public nuisance by failing to protect workers from coronavirus infection.
Disruptions are expected in the production and distribution of products like pork, and localized shortages could occur.