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Striking gets the goods. Even when you don’t actually have to go on strike. No one will ever remember this moment, when the Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls barely avoided a strike after the company caved on wage and hour issues. This was a plant devastated by COVID in the early months of the pandemic. […]

OSHA’s Failures

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On April 9, 2021

The only time the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has even come close to living up to its potential was when Eula Bingham led the agency in the Carter years. Once Reagan got to town, he

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The Sacrificed Food Workers

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On June 21, 2020
I’ve talked plenty about the impact of COVID-19 on food workers. Already some of the worst treated workers in America, no one cared about them until those conditions could affect consumers. And finally people paid attention, probably up to the precise moment that COVID is under control and not a second longer. Living conditions for […]
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Not only does meatpacking not have to be COVID-19’s favorite place to spread, but the other horrible conditions that define this industry don’t have to be that way either. In fact, they weren’t for about two decades, thanks to organizing through the United Packinghouse Workers of America and Amalgamated Meat Cutters. An excerpt from Jake […]
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