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California Subpoenas Amazon Over Worker Safety in Pandemic

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday asked a judge to order Amazon to comply with subpoenas his office issued nearly four months ago as part of an investigation into how the company protects workers from the coronavirus. Becerra said …

Colorado Workers Protest Covid-19 Fine Issued to Meat Plant

DENVER — A union representing workers at a Colorado meatpacking plant where six workers died of COVID-19 and hundreds more were infected will stage a protest Wednesday, claiming that federal officials should have fined the company more for its alleged …

As U.S. Auto Supply Chain Revs Up, Worker Safety Fears Linger in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Workers at a Lear Corp autoparts plant in northern Mexico that saw the worst known coronavirus outbreak of any factory in the Americas are now bracing to be sent back to work. They just don’t know when, …

Pandemic Job Actions May Push Renewed Labor Movement

Jordan Flowers never thought he would become a labor leader. Then the coronavirus forced him to risk his life every time he clocked in. The robotics operator at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse helped lead one of the first walkouts at …

JBS Reopens Pork Plant to Put Down Pigs, Dispose Of Carcasses, Not Produce Meat

CHICAGO, April 29 — Meat producer JBS said on Wednesday it was reopening a Minnesota pork plant shuttered by the pandemic to euthanize up to 13,000 pigs a day for farmers, not to produce meat for consumers. U.S. farmers have …

Amazon Exec Called Fired Worker ‘Not Smart’ in Leaked Memo

A senior Amazon.com Inc. executive called a fired Staten Island warehouse worker “not smart or articulate” in internal discussions about how the company should respond to employee criticism of its handling of the pandemic, according to a person familiar with …

Amazon Hires 80,000, Adds Safety Precautions at Warehouses

Amazon.com Inc. said it has hired 80,000 people to help meet demand for online orders from people hunkered down during the pandemic and has stepped up safety precautions at its U.S warehouses. Dave Clark, Amazon’s logistics chief, said in a …

An Uproar Among Workers Who Supply the World’s Meat Is Spreading

A growing number of workers who are crucial to supplying the world with meat are demanding that their companies do more to keep them safe from the coronavirus. Labor unions are starting to speak out as their members fall ill. …

Study: Little Asbestos Found After Detroit House Demolitions

Cost-savings and public safety benefits by swiftly demolishing dangerous vacant houses in Detroit could outweigh the risk of asbestos exposure to people in neighborhoods, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. A study of 25 emergency demolitions found small …

Tyson Bets on Robots to Fight Meat Industry Worker Shortage

When you visit a meat plant, humans are completing tasks like stacking pallets and packing chicken drumsticks. But Tyson Foods Inc. thinks robots can do it all. The U.S. meat giant is betting that automation and robotics can alleviate a …