Worker Safety

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WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1 in 5 Americans say they lost a relative or close friend to the coronavirus, highlighting the division between heartache and hope as the country itches to get back to normal a year into the pandemic.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research illustrates how the stage is set for a two-tiered recovery. The public’s worry about the virus ha...

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A group of U.S. lawmakers will visit an Inc facility in Alabama on Friday, lending their support to a growing push to unionize workers at the e-commerce firm.

The Congressional delegation includes U.S. Representatives Andy Levin (D-MI), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Cori Bush (D-MO), Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Nikema Williams (D-AL). Workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, are voting on whether to become the first Amazon employees to join a union.

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Despite the mask mandate being lifted in Texas and Mississippi, face masks will remain a requirement at several big businesses in those states.

Target Corporation, Kroger Company, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen Company, Best Buy Co, Macy’s and JC Penney Company are among the companies that will continue to require masks for both employees and customers.

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Tyson Foods, one of the biggest meat companies in the US, announced plans Monday to provide free, onsite COVID-19 vaccinations to the thousands of employees at its seven food processing plants in Iowa.

In a press release, Tyson said it expects many of the 13,000 workers will opt to participate in vaccination clinics this week at or near its facilities in Columbus Junction, Council Bluffs, Independence, Perry, Sioux City, Storm Lake and Waterloo.

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Publix Super Markets is the latest major company to offer incentives as a way to encourage its workforce to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Friday, the Florida-based supermarket chain said it would give a $125 Publix gift card to each of its current 225,000 employees who submit an internal form and proof of vaccination.

In a press release, Publix’s chief executive officer Todd Jones said, “We care about our associates and customers and believe gett...

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New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Inc on Tuesday over its handling of worker safety issues around the COVID-19 pandemic at two warehouses, just days after the retailer filed its own lawsuit seeking to block her case.

In a complaint filed in a New York state court in Manhattan, James said Amazon’s drive for faster growth and higher profits led to its “flagrant disregard” of steps needed to protect workers from the coronavirus at a Staten Island fulfillment center and a Queens distribution center, both in New York City.

Reuters | | Inc said on Sunday it had closed one of its warehouses in New Jersey out of caution till Dec. 26, after seeing an increase in asymptomatic positive cases amongst workers.

“Through our in-house COVID-19 testing program, we detected an increase in the number of asymptomatic positive cases at our PNE5 facility in northern New Jersey and have proactively closed the site until December 26th out of an abundance of caution,” an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement to Reuters.

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, said it isn’t anticipating any impacts to operations or deliveries due to this shutdown.

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Tyson Foods suspended top officials at its largest pork plant on Thursday and launched an investigation into allegations that they bet on how many workers would get infected during a widespread coronavirus outbreak.

The company’s president and CEO, Dean Banks, said he was “extremely upset” about the allegations against managers at its plant in Waterloo, Iowa, saying they do not represent the company’s values. He said Tyson has retained the law firm Covington & Burling LLP to conduct an investigation, which will be led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

“If these claims are confirmed, we’ll take all measures necessary to root out and remove this disturbing behavior from our company,” Banks said in a statement.