Business Booms at Kroger-Owned Grocery Stores, but Workers Are Left Behind

A number of the stores’ nearly 500,000 employees have reported being homeless, receiving government food stamps or relying on food banks.

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Despite Labor Shortages, Workers See Few Gains in Economic Security

The pandemic has supposedly given service workers leverage. But many still have unstable hours and incomes because employers like the flexibility.

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How Tyson Foods Got 60,500 Workers to Get the Coronavirus Vaccine Quickly

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.

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Ransomware Disrupts Meat Plants in Latest Attack on Critical U.S. Business

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.

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As Mask Mandates Lift, Retail Workers Again Feel Vulnerable

“It’s no different now than it was a year ago,” one Kroger employee said, as states like Texas and Mississippi end mask requirements.

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‘We Are Forgotten’: Grocery Workers Hope for Higher Pay and Vaccinations

Booming business during the pandemic hasn’t always meant better wages, and they have largely been left off vaccine priority lists.

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Major Technology Companies Join List of Biden Inaugural Donors

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.

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OSHA Under Fire Over Regulation of Meatpacking in Pandemic

Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.

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After Meat Workers Die of Covid-19, Families Fight for Compensation

Employees of a JBS meat-processing plant in Greeley, Colo., got sick or died, but their families have so far been denied compensation.

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He Says a Union Fired Him Over His Push for Police Reform

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.

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Reopening Prompts New Agitation Over Workers’ Virus Exposure

As business restrictions are lifted, employees have moved from advocating workplace safeguards to making sure the measures aren’t removed too soon.

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Powerful Meat Industry Holds More Sway After Trump’s Order

The executive action signals that decisions around whether to close or reopen plants should be driven by the federal government, not local authorities.

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Prevent Meat Shortage

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.

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Trump Plans to Sign Executive Order to Prevent Meat Shortage

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.

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Smithfield Meat Plant Conditions Assailed as Public Nuisance

A lawsuit filed against a Smithfield Foods plant claims it has created a public nuisance by failing to protect workers from coronavirus infection.

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U.S. Food Supply Chain Is Strained as Virus Spreads

Disruptions are expected in the production and distribution of products like pork, and localized shortages could occur.

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