Some meat-packing employees not willing to risk lives for production
When President Trump signed an executive order last week keeping meat processing facilities open under the Defense Production Act, one factor he possibly didn’t consider was the willingness of the plants’ employees to keep working. “I don’t think people are going to go back in there,” a worker from a Tyson plant in Iowa with as many as 100 known Covid-19 cases told CNN Business. “I’m still trying to figure out: What is he going to do, force them to stay open? Force people to go to work?” One factor that could change the dynamic: Some states will not provide unemployment benefits to meat workers who refuse to return.