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COVID-19 pounded Arkansas poultry workers as government and industry looked on

Olivia Paschal

Emails obtained by Facing South reveal that as workers and community advocates begged for the closure of poultry plants with outbreaks, government and company officials worked closely to present a united front — and keep them open.

Poultry worker advocates allege civil rights violations by major corporations

Olivia Paschal

A coalition of food system justice groups joined forces to file an administrative complaint accusing Tyson and JBS of violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by failing to adequately protect their predominantly Black and brown workforces from COVID-19.

Koch Industries tops list of water polluters spending big on politics

Sue Sturgis
With a fight underway in Congress over protecting more U.S. waterways from industrial pollution, Environment America has issued a report looking at the millions of dollars spent on politics each year by polluters. Besides the Kansas-based oil and chemical giant, other big-spending polluters include Southern meat processors and an energy company.

In Alabama poultry workers victory, a vote to stick together

Labor Notes
In the biggest union victory in right-to-work Alabama in a decade, 1,200 Pilgrim's Pride poultry plant workers in the small town of Russellville rejected management's efforts to divide them along racial and ethnic lines and voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.