Public health workers have been vilified by a portion of the public and attacked by some political leaders and media figures.
When American farmworkers, construction laborers and trash collectors die in extreme heat, it’s rarely because their employers have broken any rules. It’s because there are none.
Letter calls for stronger action to protect high-risk workers from airborne exposure to the coronavirus
To date, more than 50,000 meatpacking workers have been infected and at least 250 have died.
The general rule is yes – with some exceptions.
The place you go to relax on the job can be a high-risk location for transmission of the coronavirus. Here’s two local examples.
Hundreds of emails offer a rare look at the meat industry’s influence and access to the highest levels of government.
Oxfam America study ranks Washington best state — based on worker protections, healthcare and unemployment during COVID pandemic
Government officials predicted that a pandemic would threaten critical businesses and warned them to prepare. Meatpacking companies largely ignored them.
Firefighting is an inherently dangerous job that now carries the additional risk of COVID-19 transmission.
In the absence of federal action, some states are creating safety rules to protect workers from COVID-19.
Farms have already reported outbreaks among hundreds of workers in states that include California, Washington, Florida and Michigan.
If a business chooses to provide testing that produces an inaccurate result, it will be on the hook for the consequences, experts say.
Workers at the University of Washington Medical Center are complaining hospital authorities are not notifying them when they may have been exposed on the job.
Health officials in Grand Island, Nebraska, wanted the JBS meatpacking plant closed. But Gov. Pete Ricketts said no. Since then, cases have skyrocketed.