Union: COVID a Threat to Food Workers

Frontline Food Workers Express Growing Concern About COVID-19 Outbreaks


By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer



OMAHA (DTN) -- JBS USA meatpacking plant employee Antonio Jimenez came down with COVID-19 last year while working at his plant in Worthington, Minnesota.


Nearly a year later, the 26-year JBS employee said he remains concerned for his family and co-workers.


"I don't want anyone else to go through what I went through," he said during a news conference on Tuesday.


"Essential workers like us who keep American fed must be vaccinated. We have struggled throughout the hardest part of the pandemic and I still live in fear. Today, Minnesota cannot afford to go backwards. That is why I'm asking governor (Tim) Walz and JBS to ensure that my co-workers and I get vaccinated as soon as possible. We need our leaders to make sure meatpacking workers are first in line for vaccine access."


Meatpacking plants and grocery store chains continue to battle COVID-19 outbreaks across the country...