A Death Sentence for Meatpackers - CounterPunch.org

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Published: May 04, 2020
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73% Conservative


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Environmental Regulations

Sentiments

94% "I care about the economy a lot -- I'm finishing a PhD and worried about job prospects.""
86% "Schlosser shows how meatpacking plants moved to rural areas from the cities and attracted marginalized groups as labor.""
83% "He told me he has a bladder condition and he was not allowed to go to the bathroom, so he wet his pants.""
80% "CNN says Trump Administration is Rushing to Gut Environmental Protections.""
78% "He told me he was recruited with promises of good wages and benefits, but when he got there, those benefits were unattainable.""
76% "Those are the questions a responsible government would be asking.""
66% "Workers there aren't treated a great deal better.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

94% : I care about the economy a lot -- I'm finishing a PhD and worried about job prospects.
86% : Schlosser shows how meatpacking plants moved to rural areas from the cities and attracted marginalized groups as labor.
83% : I've interviewed one meatpacker who worked at a pork plant, years ago.
83% : He told me he has a bladder condition and he was not allowed to go to the bathroom, so he wet his pants.
80% : Meatpacking plants are dangerous, exploitative workplaces that often prey on vulnerable populations like immigrants and people of color.
80% : CNN says "Trump Administration is Rushing to Gut Environmental Protections."
78% : He told me he was recruited with promises of good wages and benefits, but when he got there, those benefits were unattainable.
76% : Yet Donald Trump now plans to order meatpacking plants to stay open and shield them from liability for workers becoming infected with COVID-19 on the job.
76% : Those are the questions a responsible government would be asking.
66% : Workers there aren't treated a great deal better.
66% : He described long hours doing repetitive work quickly, and everyone having debilitating repetitive stress injuries.
66% : His story squares with Eric Schlosser's depictions in Fast Food Nation.
62% : A grown man.
58% : Animals due for processing have nowhere to go, and they are being culled.
55% : His supervisors then suspected he was drunk, and of course he wasn't.
55% : The question is: How do we balance what the economy needs to function, the American people's need for food, farmers and ranchers' need for markets, and workers' need for jobs with everyone's -- especially the workers' -- need to slow the spread of the coronavirus to save lives?
52% : Meat processing plants are high risk for spreading COVID-19, and many are shutting down.
49% : They're using the pandemic as a Trojan horse to usher in all kinds of environmental and labor deregulation.
47% : More than 4,400 workers have the coronavirus and 18 have died.
40% : Instead, ours is using it as a power grab to do what they've always wanted to do anyway.
38% : But this is essentially saying that meatpacking plants are so critical that it's okay if their workers die from a disease acquired on the job.
30% : Our supply chain relies on meatpacking plants and their workers, and right now working could risk peoples' lives.
29% : It seems like one of the Trump administration's primary responses to the pandemic is using it as an excuse to cut regulations, like environmental protections -- or in this case, the right to a safe and healthy workplace.
27% : AP News reports "Citing Virus, EPA Has Stopped Enforcing Environmental Laws."

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