Trump Orders Meatpacking Plants To Stay Open
President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to force meat processing plants operated by Tyson Foods and other major suppliers to stay open even as the coronavirus spreads among workers.
The president’s executive order, signed Tuesday evening, hands oversight powers to the Department of Agriculture “to determine the proper nationwide priorities and allocation of all the materials, services, and facilities necessary to ensure the continued supply of meat and poultry.”
A number of facilities that process beef, chicken and pork products have closed in recent weeks due to the hundreds of workers who have contracted COVID-19. Trump’s order stated that such closures are “undermining critical infrastructure during the national emergency.”
Unlike some other workplaces, employees at meat processing plants cannot easily …continued .
[Source: Huffington Post]