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Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, as well as prepared foods.

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Tell Tyson to Stop Torturing Pigs

For three weeks I lived a lie to expose the truth while working undercover at a Tyson hog factory farm in Oklahoma. What I saw was a living nightmare. Thousands of pregnant pigs spent nearly their entire lives crammed into cages so small they could barely move. They couldn’t turn around, walk or even lie down comfortably. I saw pigs with open wounds and bloody pressure sores from rubbing against the bars of their metal cages or lying on hard concrete. Pigs would constantly ram their heads against their tiny stalls or spend hour after hour, day after day, biting the bars of their cages out of frustration. These intelligent and social animals were literally driven mad in these hellish conditions. I also saw workers violently slamming piglets headfirst into the concrete and leaving them to suffer and slowly die. Some of the piglets were spiked against the ground like footballs. I found one piglet still conscious and breathing in a pile of dead piglets. Nobody bothered to make sure she was dead before just throwing her away. Piglets had their tails cut off and their testicles ripped out of their bodies without any painkillers. Sick and injured pigs with severe, bleeding wounds or infections were left to languish without veterinary care. I saw workers gouge the eyes of pigs, violently hit them with wooden boards, and in one case, even throw a heavy bowling ball at a pig’s head. Such sadistic cruelty was widespread at this Tyson factory farm. While this brutality and neglect is shocking, I think the worst abuse these animals endure is being immobilized in tiny, maggot-infested gestation crates. Animal welfare experts around the world agree that these crates are inherently cruel and should be phased out. In fact, gestation crates are so cruel they have been banned in nine U.S. states, as well as in the entire European Union. Responding to consumer concerns, nearly every major food provider in the country, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Chipotle, Safeway, Kroger, Kmart and Costco, have demanded their suppliers do away with these cruel crates. Major pork producers, such as Smithfield and Hormel, have committed to phasing out gestation crates, and Cargill is already 50 percent crate-free. But not Tyson. Tyson continues to torture pigs by cramming them in cages barely larger than their own bodies for nearly their entire lives. Please, help me put a stop to this. Take a moment to sign my petition urging Tyson to end one of the cruelest factory farming practices by committing to phasing out gestation crates. Thank you. "Pete" Undercover Investigator

Mercy For Animals
365,948 supporters
Petitioning Noel White, Tyson Foods, Clint J. Rivers, Stewart F. Glendinning, Dean Banks, Chad Martin, Steve Stouffer, John R. Tyson, John McAndrew, Noelle O'Mara, Sally Sears, Donnie King

Tyson: Stop neglecting workers, animals, and public health!

The COVID-19 crisis is exposing how vulnerable our food system is. Tyson Foods, the country’s largest poultry producer, has been in the spotlight for refusing to take meaningful actions to protect its workers and public health at large, all while millions of animals suffer in its unsanitary factory farms. Please sign this petition to demand Tyson stop neglecting public health and finally do right by workers and animals alike.  Across the nation, workers from at least 31 Tyson plants have tested positive for coronavirus, and tragically over 25 have died. Workers say they have been pressured to work even when sick and never received protective gear even as their coworkers were falling ill. Workers are being forced to choose between their health and a paycheck they need to survive.   Tyson’s chairman, John H. Tyson, placed full-page ads in the New York Times and Washington Post in a desperate attempt to get sympathy from the American public and redirect consumers' attention away from the thousands of sick workers. He argued that meat was as essential as health care, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Workers’ lives should not be traded in for Tyson’s profits.  When Tyson puts workers at risk, it also jeopardizes the health and safety of the entire surrounding community. The same goes for the chickens Tyson raises on factory farms—unsanitary, disease-ridden places where there’s no such thing as social distancing. John Tyson warned in his ad that ‘depopulation’ efforts may occur—meaning killing and discarding millions of animals—which was another stark reminder of how careless Tyson will be to protect its bottom line and public image.  For decades, Tyson has been called on to improve the treatment of animals in its supply chain. Chickens are bred to grow so large so fast they can hardly walk; as a result, they have weak immune systems and struggle to fight off disease, especially in this environment. Scientists have warned that factory farms are ideal breeding grounds for the emergence and spread of highly infectious zoonotic diseases as well as antibiotic resistant pathogens. Despite these warnings, Tyson continues to expand and prioritize the worst factory farming methods.  At Tyson’s slaughterhouses, conditions are dangerous and abusive for workers and animals and regularly raise concerns around public health. Animals are hung upside down by their fragile legs and moved through the slaughter line at an unimaginable speed, which results in frequent worker injuries. This fast pace makes detection of feces and other contaminants on chickens’ bodies nearly impossible, which is why roughly 48 percent of grocery store chicken contains fecal bacteria, a common source of foodborne illness.  Tyson’s normal business practices are in desperate need of repair. Tyson must provide safer working conditions, mandate social distancing, provide testing and transparent reports, and provide paid-sick leave. Tyson needs to slow production line speeds, transition out dangerous live-shackling slaughter practices, and adopt animal welfare reforms like the Better Chicken Commitment. Most importantly, to protect both humans and animals, these companies must move away from factory farming and prioritize its plant-based product lines. If we don’t speak up, Tyson will continue to prioritize profits over human rights, animal wellbeing, and public health. 

The Humane League
38,392 supporters
Petitioning Tyson Foods, Carl George, Charles George, Todd Simmons, Ozark Mountain Poultry, Noel White

Poultry Companies: Give workers essential benefits and safe conditions during COVID19

Every day, poultry workers are working in some of the most dangerous and stressful conditions in this country. During this time of crisis, the dangers of working in this industry are only heightened. It is time for workers to receive the protections they deserve.  In Arkansas alone, where Tyson is headquartered, over 30,000 workers are producing the chicken that ends up on plates all across the country. While workers in other “essential” industries are offered paid sick leave and other protections, poultry workers have received little if anything.  Poultry workers do not have access to paid leave benefits, so workers are forced to continue working to avoid loss of income, their jobs, or out of fear of being penalized.  As COVID-19 spreads, the situation is more dangerous and direr for workers. Poultry workers should be considered a high-risk group due to the high amounts of chemicals they are exposed to everyday. These chemicals have resulted in permanent respiratory issues in workers. Working while sick has consequences for workers and consumers because workers’ illnesses are prolonged, then other workers get infected, and eventually consumers are presented with the risk of food-borne illness.   We demand Tyson Foods, George’s Co, Simmons Foods, Ozark Mountain Poultry, and Cargill to pay leave benefits for workers. It is not enough to only allow workers to go home if they feel sick while they're not being paid for those absences, poultry companies have the duty to protect their workers fairly from any harm caused by COVID-19. Poultry workers must also be compensated for being quarantined to prevent further spread of the virus that can potentially harm more workers in addition to receiving hazard pay for risking their lives as COVID-19 rapidly spreads in our communities. We demand that Tyson Foods and other poultry companies take the right steps to protect workers’ health and income to survive this crisis. **Venceremos is a worker-based organization in Arkansas whose mission is to ensure human rights for poultry workers. **

13,354 supporters
Petitioning Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods - Hazard Pay for Feeding America

The U.S. government had deemed Tyson Foods, including other food processors, as a critical infrastructure or "essential" business for feeding Americans in the Covid-19 pandemic. As a front line worker (including truckers, mechanic, janitor, etc..) coming to process chickens, I, including many colleagues, have to confront an unprecedented health threat to my well-being, family, and communities. All lives matter! There is a lack of protective equipment such as covering the face, safety glasses, hand sanitizer, masks, shields, and other necessities to protect us. Besides the constant splashes to our faces from dirty chickens' water that filled with bacteria, carpal tunnel problems, shoulder tears, and amputations, including death - Team members now show Covid-19 signs and symptoms such as coughing, fever, chills, etc. There have been many confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Tyson Foods and people are being sent home. Team members are DYING because of this Covid-19 virus. Furthermore, we are being crammed into tight spaces as we cut, trim, and process chickens (Porks, beefs, etc.) There are no social distancing as the virus threat every single one of us in the live-hang, evisceration, debone, and other departments. We are elbow-to-elbow sitting together in the cafeteria, changing work gowns, and others. The work environment is dirty and deep cleaning process is an utter joke - "We are sheep going to the slaughterhouse" at Tyson Foods. The current situation is dire. People are sick and afraid to report our conditions due to fear of losing paid, terminations, and missing works. We are ask to work around the clock due to staff shortages and call-offs during the Covid-19 pandemic while "essential" upper management personnel are in their comforts of virtual-remote works. Front line team members are giving our lives for $10-15 dollars per hour (excluding taxes / insurances) to feed America, stocking groceries' shelves, and pay the "big boys" salaries (Founder's chairman / Tyson's family members, CEO, CFO, HR, managers, supervisors, etc..) in Springdale, Arkansas and elsewhere. The July's $500 bonus showcases disrespects and no empathies among Tyson Foods' managements due to a requirement of not missing work in April, May, and June for one to receive it. Now, if one is still alive and not on a ventilator, of course! There are no premiums or hazard pay being added to the hourly wages for the dangerous works that we do. We are not asking for one but, we are demanding premium to our pay now. Please SIGN & SHARE this petition for our livelihood. El gobierno de los Estados Unidos consideró a Tyson Foods, incluidos otros procesadores de alimentos, como una infraestructura crítica o un negocio "esencial" para alimentar a los estadounidenses en la pandemia de Covid-19. Como trabajador de primera línea (incluidos camioneros, mecánicos, conserjes, etc.) que vienen a procesar pollos, yo, incluidos muchos colegas, tengo que enfrentar una amenaza de salud sin precedentes para mi bienestar, mi familia y las comunidades. ¡Todas las vidas importan! Hay falta de equipo de protección, como cubiertas faciales, gafas de seguridad, desinfectantes para manos, máscaras, escudos y otros elementos esenciales para protegernos. Además de las salpicaduras constantes en nuestras caras de agua sucia llena de bacterias, problemas del túnel carpiano, laceraciones, rasgaduras de hombros, amputaciones, incluida la muerte: los miembros del equipo ahora exhiben signos y síntomas de Covid-19, como tos, fiebre, escalofríos y otros. Se han confirmado múltiples casos de casos de Covid-19 en Tyson Foods y se están enviando personas a sus hogares. Los miembros del equipo están muriendo debido a este virus. Además, estamos abarrotados en espacios reducidos a medida que cortamos, recortamos y procesamos pollos (carne de cerdo, carne de res, etc.). No hay distanciamiento social, ya que el virus amenaza a cada uno de nosotros en el ahorcamiento, la evisceración, el deshuesado, y otros departamentos. Estamos codo a codo sentados juntos en la cafetería, cambiándonos de bata de trabajo y otros. El ambiente de trabajo es sucio y el proceso de limpieza profunda es una broma: "Somos ovejas yendo al matadero" en Tyson Foods. La situación actual es grave. Las personas están enfermas y tienen miedo de informar nuestras condiciones debido al miedo a perder los pagos, los despidos y los trabajos faltantes. Se nos pide que trabajemos las 24 horas debido a la escasez de personal y las cancelaciones durante la pandemia de Covid-19, mientras que el personal de administración superior "esencial" se siente cómodo con los trabajos remotos virtuales. Los miembros del equipo de primera línea están dando nuestras vidas por $ 10-15 dólares por hora (excluyendo impuestos / seguros) para alimentar a los Estados Unidos, abastecer los estantes de las tiendas de comestibles y pagar los salarios de los "chicos grandes" (presidente del Fundador, CEO, CFO, Recursos Humanos, gerentes, supervisores, etc.) en Springdale, Arkansas y otros lugares. El bono de $ 500 de julio muestra falta de respeto y sin empatía entre las administraciones de Tyson Foods debido a un requisito de no faltar al trabajo en abril, mayo y junio para que uno lo reciba. Ahora, si uno todavía está vivo y no con un ventilador, ¡por supuesto! No se agregan primas ni pagos de riesgo a los salarios por hora por los trabajos peligrosos que hacemos. No estamos pidiendo uno, pero estamos exigiendo una prima a nuestro pago ahora. FIRME Y COMPARTA esta petición para nuestro sustento. Le gouvernement américain avait considéré Tyson Foods, y compris d'autres transformateurs de produits alimentaires, comme une infrastructure critique ou une entreprise "essentielle" pour nourrir les Américains dans la pandémie de Covid-19. En tant que travailleur de première ligne venant traiter des poulets, je dois, y compris de nombreux collègues, faire face à une menace sanitaire sans précédent pour mon bien-être, ma famille et mes communautés. Toutes les vies comptent! Il y a un manque d'équipements de protection tels que des masques, des lunettes de sécurité, des désinfectants pour les mains, des masques, des boucliers et d'autres éléments essentiels pour nous protéger. Outre les éclaboussures constantes sur notre visage causées par de l'eau sale remplie de bactéries, des problèmes de tunnel carpien, des lacérations, des déchirures des épaules, des amputations, y compris la mort - les membres de l'équipe présentent maintenant des signes et des symptômes de Covid-19 tels que toux, fièvre, frissons et autres. Il y a eu plusieurs cas confirmés de cas de Covid-19 à Tyson Foods et les gens sont renvoyés chez eux. Les membres de l'équipe meurent à cause de ce virus. De plus, nous sommes entassés dans des espaces restreints lorsque nous coupons, découpons et transformons des poulets (porcs, bœufs, etc.) et d'autres départements. Nous sommes coude à coude assis ensemble dans la cafétéria, changeant de blouse de travail et autres. L'environnement de travail est sale et le processus de nettoyage en profondeur est une plaisanterie totale - "Nous sommes des moutons qui vont à l'abattoir" chez Tyson Foods. La situation actuelle est désastreuse. Les gens sont malades et ont peur de signaler nos conditions par crainte de perdre leur salaire, les licenciements et les travaux manquants. Nous sommes priés de travailler 24 heures sur 24 en raison de pénuries de personnel et d'appels pendant la pandémie de Covid-19 tandis que les cadres supérieurs «essentiels» sont dans leur confort de travaux virtuels à distance. Les membres de l'équipe de première ligne donnent nos vies pour 10 à 15 dollars de l'heure (hors taxes / assurances) pour nourrir l'Amérique, stocker les étagères des épiceries et payer les salaires des «grands garçons» (président fondateur, PDG, directeur financier, RH, gestionnaires, superviseurs, etc.) à Springdale, en Arkansas et ailleurs. Le bonus de 500 $ de juillet présente des manques de respect et aucune empathie parmi les directions de Tyson Foods en raison de l'obligation de ne pas manquer de travail en avril, mai et juin pour que quelqu'un le reçoive. Maintenant, si l'on est encore en vie et pas sous ventilateur, bien sûr! Aucune prime ni prime de risque n'est ajoutée au salaire horaire pour les travaux dangereux que nous effectuons. Nous n'en demandons pas un, mais nous demandons maintenant une prime à notre salaire. Veuillez SIGNER et PARTAGER cette pétition pour nos moyens de subsistance.  اعتبرت الحكومة الأمريكية تايسون فودز ، بما في ذلك معالجات الأغذية الأخرى ، بنية تحتية حرجة أو عمل "أساسي" لإطعام الأمريكيين في جائحة كوفيد 19. بصفتي عاملاً في الخطوط الأمامية قادمًا لتجهيز الدجاج ، يتعين علي ، بما في ذلك العديد من الزملاء ، أن أواجه تهديدًا صحيًا غير مسبوق لرفاهي وعائلتي والمجتمعات المحلية. جميع الأرواح مهمة! هناك نقص في معدات الحماية مثل تغطية الوجه ، ونظارات السلامة ، ومعقم اليدين ، والأقنعة ، والدروع ، وغيرها من الضروريات لحمايتنا. إلى جانب البقع المستمرة على وجوهنا من المياه المتسخة المليئة بالبكتيريا ، ومشاكل النفق الرسغي ، والتمزق ، ودموع الكتف ، وبتر الأطراف ، بما في ذلك الموت - يظهر أعضاء الفريق الآن علامات وأعراض Covid-19 مثل السعال والحمى والقشعريرة وغيرها. كان هناك العديد من الحالات المؤكدة لحالات Covid-19 في Tyson Foods ويتم إرسال الأشخاص إلى منازلهم. أعضاء الفريق يموتون بسبب هذا الفيروس. علاوة على ذلك ، نحن محاصرون في مساحات ضيقة بينما نقطع الدجاج ونقطعه ونعالجه (لحم الخنزير ، ولحم البقر ، وما إلى ذلك). والإدارات الأخرى. نحن نشكل من الكوع إلى الكوع معًا في الكافتيريا ، ونغير ثياب العمل ، وغيرها. بيئة العمل قذرة وعملية التنظيف العميق هي نكتة مطلقة - "نحن خروف نذهب إلى المسلخ" في تايسون فودز. الوضع الحالي رهيبة. الناس مريضون ويخافون من الإبلاغ عن أحوالنا بسبب الخوف من فقدان الأجر وإنهاء الخدمة وفقدان الأعمال. نحن نطلب العمل على مدار الساعة بسبب نقص الموظفين وإلغاء المكالمات أثناء جائحة Covid-19 بينما يكون أفراد "الإدارة العليا" "الأساسيون" في وسائل الراحة الخاصة بهم من الأعمال الافتراضية عن بعد. يمنح أعضاء فريق الخط الأمامي حياتنا مقابل 10-15 دولارًا في الساعة (باستثناء الضرائب / التأمينات) لإطعام أمريكا ، وتخزين رفوف البقالة ، ودفع رواتب "الكبار" (رئيس المؤسس ، الرئيس التنفيذي ، المدير المالي ، الموارد البشرية ، المدراء ، المشرفين ، الخ ..) في سبرينجديل وأركنساس وأماكن أخرى. تُظهر المكافأة التي تبلغ 500 دولار في يوليو عدم احترام وعدم وجود تعاطف بين إدارات تايسون فودز بسبب شرط عدم فقد العمل في أبريل ومايو ويونيو حتى يستلمه أحد. الآن ، إذا كان المرء لا يزال على قيد الحياة وليس على مروحة ، بالطبع! لا توجد أقساط أو بدل مخاطر يتم إضافته إلى أجر الساعة مقابل الأعمال الخطرة التي نقوم بها. نحن لا نطلب واحد ولكننا نطالب بعلاواتنا الآن. يرجى التوقيع ومشاركة هذا الالتماس لكسب عيشنا.  

Poultry Worker
3,843 supporters