"Now to Get Rid of Those Pesky Health Departments!": How the Trump Administration Helped the Meatpacking Industry Block Pandemic Worker Protections

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2022-05-12
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61 pages
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The Select Subcommittee on The Coronavirus Crisis of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform investigated the meatpacking industry's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, revealing companies' inadequate precautions and actions leading to mass illness and fatalities among workers. The report states that five major meatpacking firms saw significantly higher infection and death rates than previously reported, with over 59,000 infected workers and at least 269 fatalities during the pandemic's first year. Internal documents demonstrated the companies' collaboration with Trump Administration officials to evade oversight, compel employees to work in hazardous conditions, and evade legal liability for worker illness or death.
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