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Kim Cordova – Denver Post Guest Commentary

Kim Cordova – Greeley Tribune Guest Commentary

For Immediate Release – UFCW LOCAL 7 SECURES WAGE INCREASE FOR WORKERS AT JBS GREELEY WITHOUT REOPENING CONTRACT; UNION SAYS MORE CHANGES NEEDED TO PROTECT ESSENTIALWORKERS – July 20, 2020 PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA – 072020

For Immediate Release – UFCW LOCAL 7 CELEBRATES PAID SICK LEAVE AND WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION BILLS BEING SIGNED INTO LAW – July 14, 2020 HB 20-1415 Signed – Whistleblower SB 20-205 Signed – Sick Leave

For Immediate Release – UFCW LOCAL 7 FIGHTS HARD FOR MEMBERS AT JBS GREELEY; DEMANDS INDUSTRY STANDARD PAY & IMPROVED SAFETY MEASURES – July 14, 2020 PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA – 071420 JBS OSHA Complaint

For Immediate Release – LOCAL 7 PRESIDENT CALLS ON JBS TO COME TO THE TABLE TO DISCUSS PROTECTIONS FOR JBS WORKERS IN GREELEY – July 10, 2020

For Immediate Release – UFCW LOCAL 7 APPLAUDS TRI-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT BOARD FOR VOTING IN FAVOR OF A MASK MANDATE FOR ADAMS, ARAPAHOE AND DOUGLAS COUNTIES, BUT DISAPPOINTED AT EXCEPTIONS – July 8, 2020

For Immediate Release – UFCW LOCAL 7 UNVEILS BILLBOARDS TO MEMORIALIZE SIX JBS WORKERS THAT DIED FROM COVID-19; INVITES FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO  JUNE 28TH MEMORIAL – June 19, 2020 

For Immediate Release – UFCW LOCAL 7 CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF PAID SICK LEAVE FOR ALL COLORADANS; URGES GOV. POLIS TO SIGN LEGISLATION QUICKLY INTO LAW – June 15, 2020

For Immediate Release – UFCW LOCAL 7 DEMANDS THAT SAFEWAY/ALBERTSONS KEEP “APPRECIATION PAY” FOR ESSENTIAL GROCERY WORKERS –  June 12, 2020

For Immediate Release – UFCW LOCAL 7 STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEACEFUL PROTESTORS AND DEMANDS JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL AMERICANS – June 3, 2020

For Immediate Release – COVID-19 OUTBREAK AT MISSION FOODS PLANT IN PUEBLO, CO WITH SIX CONFIRMED CASES; WORKERS TOLD PAY TO BE WITHHELD IF THEY STAY HOME AWAITING TEST RESULTS – June 2, 2020

For Immediate Release – UNION LOSES ANOTHER MEMBER TO COVID-19 FROM JBS PLANT IN GREELEY, CO – May 17, 2020

For Immediate Release – ANOTHER KROGER GROCERY WORKER DIES FROM COVID-19, YET KROGER REFUSES TO IMPROVE STORE SAFETY MEASURES AND CUTS HERO PAY – May 17, 2020

For Immediate Release – KROGER DISREGARDS DANGERS ESSENTIAL GROCERY WORKERS FACE. STRIPS ‘HERO PAY’ AS COVID-19 CONTINUES TO SPREAD & KROGER’S PROFITS SOAR – May 15, 2020

For Immediate Release – UFCW 7 THANKS ALBERTSONS AND SAFEWAY STORES FOR EXTENDING HERO PAY FOR ESSENTIAL GROCERY WORKERS – May 15, 2020

For Immediate Release – KROGER CEO RECEIVES 21% COMPENSATION INCREASE, WHILE GROCER ENDS $2/HR BONUS FOR FRONTLINE ESSENTIAL WORKERS – May 13, 2020

For Immediate Release – GROCERY STORE UNIONS CALL ON KROGER TO CEASE PLANS TO CUT HERO PAY FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS, IMPROVE SAFETY IN STORES – May 7, 2020

For Immediate Release – ANOTHER JBS PLANT WORKER IN GREELEY, COLORADO LOST TO COVID-19; TOTAL OF 280 POSITIVE CASES -May 6, 2020

For Immediate Release – ON INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY, UFCW LOCAL 7 STANDS WITH UNREPRESENTED GROCERY WORKERS DURING THE MAY DAY STRIKE – May 1, 2020

For Immediate Release – UNION LOSES ANOTHER MEMBER TO COVID-19, AS POSITIVE CASES DOUBLE AT THE GREELEY JBS PLANT – April 30, 2020

For Immediate Release – UFCW LOCAL 7 OF COLORADO: PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER WON’T PROTECT THE FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN IF IT DOESN’T PROTECT WORKERS – April 28, 2020

For Immediate Release – ANOTHER LOCAL 7 MEMBER DIES TODAY AS JBS THREATENS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST UNION FOR ENSURING SAFETY OF ITS WORKERS AT GREELEY PLANT – April 26, 2020

For Immediate Release – UFCW LOCAL 7 ESTABLISHES ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00) COVID-19 EMERGENCY HARDSHIP FUND – March 24, 2020

Updated 8/4/2020

UFCW Mentions

Food Safety News: Line speeds become a cause in the coronavirus pandemic era

Labor Pains: CUF and Freedom Foundation Call For Investigation into Seattle-Based Worker Center

Today: Tyson Foods will test employees at all US plants for coronavirus weekly

Fox Denver: JBS plans a $5 million investment for Greeley for COVID-19 relief

Fence Post: Lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate JBS’ plans to convert lamb processor to beef

New Republic: Beyond Big Meat

Updated 8/3/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

Greeley Tribune: Kim Cordova: JBS’ essential workers are not disposable (Opinion)

UFCW Mentions

LaborPains.org: CUF and Freedom Foundation Call For Investigation into Seattle-Based Worker Center

Meatpacking Industry

Washington Post: Pandemic’s weight falls on Hispanics and Native Americans, as deaths pass 150,000

World Socialist Website: At least 20 percent of US meatpackers may have contracted coronavirus

Kroger Mentions

The Progressive: Grocery Workers Deserve Hero Pay [Repost: West Hawaii Today]

JBS Mentions

Oil City News: GORDON ECHOES WESTERN STATES LEADERS’ ANTITRUST CONCERNS IN SALE OF GREELEY LAMB-PROCESSING FACILITY

Wyoming Livestock Roundup: JBS ACQUIRES ASSETS

Greeley Tribune: Our Voices: Rhonda Solis looks at the past, lives in the present and hopes for the future

Fair Warning: Some Workers Sickened by Covid-19 Face an Extra Burden: Proving Where They Got It

Updated 7/31/2020

UFCW Mentions

Talk Business: Tyson Foods expands COVID-19 monitoring and testing

Food & Wine: Over 10,000 Tyson Employees Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

Kroger Mentions

Sandusky Register: Grocery workers deserve hero pay

JBS Mentions

Telemundo: Protect me, Lord, because I’m going to my work.” Employees of meat and chicken plants are as afraid of coronavirus as much as losing their jobs

Newsweek: Over 38,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled by USDA After Not Being Inspected in U.S.

Kaiser Permanente Mentions

Times Leader: Democrats trim convention hours amid coronavirus pandemic

Updated 7/30/2020

UFCW Mentions

The Progressive: Grocery Workers Deserve Hero Pay

The Poultry Site: UFCW sues USDA over poultry line speeds

Kroger Mentions

The Progressive: Grocery Workers Deserve Hero Pay

JBS Mentions

ABC4 – Salt Lake City: Sen. Lee, other Utah officials ask for meat processing plant investigation

Tri-State Livestock News: Ranchers say JBS purchase of lamb plant could violate antitrust laws

ABC 4: Sen. Lee, other Utah officials ask for meat processing plant investigation

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Market Day Report on RFD-TV

Updated 7/29/2020

UFCW Mentions

Eater: Unions Are Suing the USDA Over Unsafe Conditions in Meat Plants

The Progressive: The Death of a Meatpacker

Agriculture: SENATE BILL WOULD BLOCK FASTER LINE SPEEDS AT MEAT PLANTS DURING PANDEMIC

Wyoming Public Media: Meatpackers Panned For Lack Of Transparency During Pandemic

Kroger Mentions

SuperMarket News: Raley’s plans fourth appreciation pay bonus for hourly workers

GPB: $600 A Week: Poverty Remedy Or Job Slayer?

JBS Mentions

Green Bay Press Gazette: JBS donates $1M to Green Bay community for COVID-19 response after outbreak at east-side plant

Tri-State Livestock News: JBS acquires Mountain States Rosen lamb plant: Rancher seeks anti-trust intervention

Colorado Hometown Weekly: Boulder County farms see surge in demand for local food amid coronavirus pandemic

The Fence Post: JBS plans switch to beef at Mountain States Rosen lamb plant, leaving lamb producers high and dry

Kaiser Permanente Mentions

Times Leader: Analysis: When Is a Coronavirus Test Not a Coronavirus Test?

Updated 7/28/2020

UFCW Mentions

AP: Unions sue USDA over faster chicken plant production speeds

Market Screener: Poultry Workers, Already at Risk From COVID-19, Sue USDA Over Dangerous Line Speeds

Kroger Mentions

WGBH: $600 A Week: Poverty Remedy Or Job Slayer?

JBS Mentions

Meat + Poultry: JBS USA buys back lamb plant assets from Mountain States Rosen

Colorado Public Radio: Colorado And Its Counties Are Out Of Step In Their Shared Public Health Response To Coronavirus

Updated 7/27/2020

UFCW Mentions

The Denver Post: Colorado workers infected with coronavirus face uphill battle to claim workers’ compensation benefits

Huffington Post: The Viral ‘Karen From Bunnings’ Mask Requirements Video Shows What Other Countries’ Stores Need To Do

Kroger Mentions

NPR: $600 A Week: Poverty Remedy Or Job Slayer?

Yahoo Finance: These 30 Companies Are Giving Bonuses and Raises to Their Essential Workers

JBS Mentions

Greeley Tribune: JBS acquires assets, facilities from closure of Greeley Mountain States Rosen plant

Updated 7/24/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

Market Watch: Joe Biden wants a $15 minimum wage — will the coronavirus pandemic make that more likely?  

UFCW Mentions

Vox: Corporate America was here for you on coronavirus until about June

JBS Mentions

The Guardian: Covid-19 puts workers in danger. It’s another reason we need unions

Kaiser Permanente Mentions

Denver Post: Growing frustration in Colorado over delays in COVID-19 test results

Updated 7/23/2020

UFCW Mentions

Marijuana Moment: Congress Should Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill Amid Coronavirus, Coalition Of Justice Groups Urges

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WEAA-FM (Radio) – Baltimore, MD

Kroger Mentions

The Motley Fool: Kroger Reaches Possible Pension Plan Agreement With Food Unions

JBS Mentions

Powell Tribune: The meat producer’s bottleneck

Denver Business Journal: Kaiser Permanente donates $500,000 toward Colorado Covid-19 relief

Updated 7/22/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

Agencia EFE: Meat plant Employees Receive Pay Rise But Call For Protection (Translated)

Meat + Poultry: BS workers receive pay raise in Colorado

UFCW Mentions

Grocery Dive: Major chains reset pension agreements with the UFCW

Truthout: COVID Deaths Quintuple for Older Latinx Workers Keeping California Going

Insurance Journal: Workers Turn Into Sleuths to Track Sicknesses Where Employers Keep Covid Data Secret

Supermarket News: Kroger, Albertsons, Stop & Shop to withdraw from UFCW national pension fund

JBS Mentions

EFE Agro: Meat plant employees receive a pay rise but call for more protection

Updated 7/21/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

Bloomberg Law: JBS Beef Workers in Colorado Get Raise After Work Stoppage

NBC 9: JBS workers receive pay raises following July 10 walkout

Broadcast

Univision Denver: Noticiero Univisión Colorado

UFCW Mentions

News Dio: Retailers are canceling payment for coronavirus risk. That is an error

 Meatpacking Industry

Kroger Mentions

CNN Business: Retailers are canceling coronavirus hazard pay. That’s a mistake

Pop Culture: Kroger Joins Walmart in Requiring Face Masks in All Stores

KMALand: Grocery, Food Workers Union Want Employers to Reinstate Hazard Pay

JBS Mentions

Bloomberg Law: JBS Beef Workers in Colorado Get Raise After Work Stoppage

Complete Colorado: Weld County Commissioners reaffirm decision to not enforce Polis mask mandate

Updated 7/20/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

Greeley Tribune: JBS workers get immediate raise; sick time will not impact bonus eligibility

Colorado Politics: Workers at Greeley meat plant where 6 died of coronavirus receive $1.85 hourly increase

Food Bev: Union representing JBS workers demands improved safety means

Meat + Poultry: JBS receives complaint from UFCW over ongoing pay, workplace concerns

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UFCW Mentions

Denver Post: JBS Greeley beef plant workers get raises after work interruption

WENY: UFCW, senators push for hazard pay for grocery workers amid pandemic

Winsight Grocery Business: Senators Brown and Warren Call on Grocery CEOs to Extend Hazard Pay

Forbes: Retail’s Great Pivot: How The Pandemic Has Changed The Criteria For Success From Traffic To Efficiency

Supermarket News: UFCW, Democratic senators call on retailers to reinstate hazard pay for grocery workers

Brownfield: UNION, SENATORS CALL FOR REINSTATED HAZARD PAY

Broadcast

RFD-TV – U.S. Cable Market Day Report

Meatpacking Industry

Retail Leader: Tyson Foods Lauded by Hispanic Group for Worker Safety Efforts

Business Insider: The US meat industry is making people sick. If we want to fight disease and prevent future pandemics, it needs to be completely transformed.

Kroger Mentions

Washington Post: It’s clearer than ever that covid-19 will increase, not decrease, inequality

Wall Street Journal: Kroger Provides Coronavirus Tests for Employees

The New York Times: ‘Hero’ Pay Raises Disappear for Many Essential Workers [REPOST: NORTHWEST ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE]

JBS Mentions

Bloomberg Law: Sued Over Covid-19, Companies Scramble for Federal Court Shelter

WBUR: Do You Know Who Makes Your Meat? Inside JBS, The No.1 Meatpacker In The World

Reuters: Rare air: U.S. meatpackers try air cleaning tech after COVID-19 outbreaks

Updated 7/15/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

Greeley Tribune: Worker advocates: JBS trying to force union’s hand with long-term contract offer

Broadcast

KWGN (CW) – Denver, CO Daybreak 8A

JBS negotiations, Polis bill signings.

KDVR-DEN (FOX) – Denver, CO FOX 31 Morning News

JBS negotiations, Polis bill signings.

KCEC (Univision) – Denver, CO Univision Colorado Newscast

JBS Walkout

UFCW Mentions

Bloomberg: Walmart Joins Big Retail Peers Requiring Masks for U.S. Shoppers

REPOST: [Craig’s Chicago Business]

Supermarket News: UFCW unions chide Stop & Shop for ending ‘appreciation pay’

The American Prospect: Why Mainstream Unions Shouldn’t Represent the Cops

Meatpacking Industry

The Hill: Meatpacking plant workers take new approach in COVID-19 safety push

Kroger Mentions

International Business Time: Hero Pay Going Away? Amazon, Majors Retailers Quietly Phasing Out Raises For Essential Workers

The New York Times: Stocks Climb as Earnings Season Begins [Excerpted]

JBS Mentions

Whistleblowers Blog: Working Conditions at Colorado Meat Packing Factory Violate COVID-19 Safety Requirement

The Counter: Documents show JBS did little to prevent employee deaths from Covid-19

Updated 7/14/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

The Denver Channel: Union president says JBS workers are scared to go to work amid outbreak at meatpacking plant

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KMGH-DEN (ABC) – Denver, CO 7 News at 4 PM

Pre meeting Coverage

 KMGH-DEN (ABC) – Denver, CO 7 News At 6PM

Post meeting coverage.

World Socialist Web Site: Meatpacking, auto and health care workers take action to protect lives as pandemic surges in US

The New York Times: ‘Hero’ Pay Raises Disappear for Many Essential Workers

Pop Culture: Kroger Cashiers No Longer Giving Back Coin Change

JBS Mentions

Washington Post: As coronavirus ravaged meatpackers, minorities bore the brunt. Now worker groups say Tyson and JBS violated the Civil Rights Act.

Whistle Blowers Blog: Working Conditions at Colorado Meat Packing Factory Violate COVID-19 Safety Requirements

Greeley Tribune: JBS employees walk off the job over pay dispute [REPOST PAYDAY REPORT]

Noticias Ya: JBS WORKERS DEMAND WAGE INCREASE AND COVID-19 PROTECTION (Translated)

UFCW Mentions

Geekwire: Amazon unveils its own smart grocery cart, in new effort to automate physical retail checkout

Updated 7/13/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

Greeley Tribune: How coronavirus spread through JBS’s Greeley beef plant

Greeley Tribune: JBS employees walk off the job over pay dispute

Fox 31 Denver: JBS workers walk out of Greeley plant amid pay negotiations

UFCW Mentions

Grocery Dive: UFCW joins health experts to push for mask mandates

The Verge: Shoppers are suing over mandatory mask rules, but doctors don’t buy it

The Hill: Businesses plead for states to enforce mask mandates

Denver Channel ABC 7: JBS employees furloughed, told to return Monday after walk-out on Friday

Food Safety News: Letter from the Editor: Infections and deaths from COVID-19 in meat, poultry industries

CBS 4 Denver: JBS Production Called Off Saturday Following Employee Walkout

NBC 9 Denver: JBS plant workers continue walkout over wages

KDVR-DEN (FOX) – Denver, CO FOX 31 Morning News

July 13, 2020

KRDO (ABC) – Colorado Springs, CO Good Morning Colorado

July 13, 2020

KCNC-DEN (CBS) – Denver, CO CBS4 This Morning

July 13, 2020

KWGN (CW) – Denver, CO Channel 2 News

July 12, 2020

USA-DEN (NBC) – Denver, CO 9News Sunday Morning

July 12, 2020

KUSA-DEN (NBC) – Denver, CO 9News Sunday Morning

July 12, 2020

KDVR-DEN (FOX) – Denver, CO FOX 31 Morning News

July 12, 2020

KRDO (ABC) – Colorado Springs, CO Good Morning Colorado

July 12, 2020

KMGH-DEN (ABC) – Denver, CO 7 News

July 11, 2020

[Also ran: KLKN (ABC) – Lincoln, NE, WTVW (ABC) – Evansville, IN, WICD (ABC) – Champaign, IL, KATV (ABC) – Little Rock, AR]

KUSA-DEN (NBC) – Denver, CO 9News

July 11, 2020

KDVR-DEN (FOX) – Denver, CO Fox 31 Denver News

July 11, 2020

KUSA-DEN (NBC) – Denver, CO 9News Saturday Morning

July 11, 2020

KMGH-DEN (ABC) – Denver, CO Good Morning America: Weekend Edition

Democracy Now: JBS Meat Processing Workers Stage Wildcat Strike

Beef Magazine: Beef marketing system buffeted by challenges

Denver Post: Employees stage work interruption Friday at JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley

Updated 7/9/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

NBC: More than half of Latino workers in meat, poultry plants got COVID-19, CDC says

Repost: [Yahoo news]

The Garden City Telegram: Health experts worry CDC being stifled on COVID-19 [REPOST ROLL CALL

Broadcast

KCEC (Univision) – Denver, CO Noticiero Univisión Colorado

UFCW Mentions

Meat + Poultry: UFCW sues Pilgrim’s Pride alongside price-fixing case

Meat + Poultry: CDC: COVID-19 takes toll on meat plant workers

Denver Post: JBS sees new coronavirus outbreak among Greeley Interns

Westword: COVID-19 Outbreaks: Disease Strikes Bravest Interns in the World

Colorado Public Radio: JBS And Greeley Nursing Home Report New Coronavirus Outbreaks

Bloomberg Law: Tyson, JBS Hit With Complaint for Minority Worker Virus Exposure

Updated 7/8/2020

USA Today: ‘I feel threatened!”: Viral video shows shopper throwing tantrum, but who protects workers?

Roll Call: Workplace testing for coronavirus remains a challenge

Powder & Bulk Solids: New Report on COVID-19 Cases in Meat Processing Plants

Updated 7/7/2020

Progressive Grocer: Stop & Shop Phases Out COVID-19 Pay

NBC News 9: Kroger gets approval for home COVID-19 test kit

Updated 7/6/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

Roll Call: Public health experts worry CDC is being stifled on COVID-19

Live Kindly: Red Meat Production Has Dropped 18% Over Last Year

WorkWeek Radio: UFCW7 & COVID Death in Colorado, Cal/OSHA Garrett Brown, Tesla Workers

Salon: Trump administration uses faulty data to speed up meatpacking production

Norfolk News Daily: Union president says COVID-19 impact not waning

CBS 4 Denver: Kroger Making At-Home Coronavirus Tests Available To Its Workers For Free

Seeking Alpha: Seaboard And JBS Rated As A Buy As Meat Producers Have Not Participated In The Market Rebound

Updated 7/2/2020

UFCW Mentions

Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus Surge Tests Safeguards for Meatpacking Workers

US Pirg: HEALTH GROUPS CALL ON U.S. SENATE TO PROTECT EMERGENCY WORKERS

NBC News 9 Denver – Colorado grocery stores, restaurants and more with active COVID-19 outbreaks

Updated 7/1/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

Broadcast

CGTN News – China Global Business

UFCW Mentions

Huffington Post: Their Loved Ones Died From Coronavirus. Here’s What They Want You To Know.

Updated 6/30/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

CBS 4 (Denver): ‘They Had a Name, They Had a Face’: Union Honors JBS Workers Who Died Of Coronavirus

 CGNT (China Global Television Network): U.S. meatpacking plant workers mourn coworkers killed by COVID-19

Social Media

Channel 2 KWGN Colorado: Families, union members pay tribute to JBS meatpacking plant employees in Greeley

 Denver 7 News: Yesterday, the union for the JBS meatpacking facility in Greeley held a memorial for its six employees who died of COVID-19. The union said the company could have done more to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the facility.

 Broadcast

Noticiero Univisión Colorado on KCEC (Univision)

Updated 6/29/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions

Greeley Tribune: Union hosts memorial with procession for 6 JBS workers killed by virus

Colorado Politics: Food workers union memorializes Greeley meat plant workers lost to COVID-19

CBS 4 (Denver, CO): ‘They Had a Name, They Had a Face’: Union Honors JBS Workers Who Died Of Coronavirus

UFCW Mentions

NBC News 9: 6 JBS workers who died from COVID-19 commemorated in Greeley

Fox 31 Denver CO: Families, union members pay tribute to JBS meatpacking plant employees in Greeley

WLWT (Cincinnati,OH):  UFCW calls for action as Ohio COVID-19 related deaths increase for frontline workers

SuperMarket News: UFCW: Over 11,500 grocery workers affected in first 100 days of pandemic

Tennessean: Union workers are crucial to our nation’s recovery from COVID-19 | Opinion

Updated 6/26/2020

UFCW Mentions:

CNBC: ‘Covid-19 still is very real’: Major grocery union calls for mask requirements as cases spike

ABC News 9 Cincinnati: Kroger CEO: No more hazard pay for grocery workers

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation: Worker’s Push to Eject UFCW Union Triggers Labor Board to Reconsider Policy Blocking Votes to Oust Unions

Updated 6/25/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Colorado Public Radio: Coronavirus Outbreaks Are Driven By Patchwork Protections For Front-Line Workers

The Counter: JBS plant workers in Colorado are honored with billboards

Progressive Grocer: H-E-B Offers More Pay Increases as Pandemic Bonuses End

Updated 6/24/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Westword: COVID-19 Cases at 21 King Soopers and City Market Stores, Union Says

UFCW Mentions:

What A Day (Postcast): Meat The Packers

Aspen Times: Guest commentary – Diane Mitsch Bush sets out agenda for CD3 race (excerpted)

Agriculture: Coronavirus Pay Raise Proposed For Farmworkers

Dover Post: Coons rallies with UFCW Locals 27 workers in Sussex County

Updated 6/23/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Denver Post: Guest commentary: Want racial justice? Start with your employees

CBS Denver: ‘Real People Died’: JBS Workers Honored With Billboards & Memorial

BroadcastCBS 4 Denver (KCNC) – CBS4 News

UFCW Mentions:

Denver Post: Cavalry comes to Hickenlooper’s aid with 1 week left in Senate primary

WMDT (Selbyville, DE): Labor union rallies ahead of decertification vote, Mountaire calls it an “employee led fight”

Reuters: Explainer: Why COVID-19 can run rife in meatpacking plants

Lakeshore Public Radio: UFCW Union Asks Poultry Plant To Reinstate Hazard Pay

Indiana Public Media: UFCW Union Asks Poultry Plant To Reinstate Hazard Pay

Hedgeye: Grocery Union Demands Hero Pay Reinstated

Updated 6/22/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Greeley Tribune: Local food workers union installs billboards of JBS employees who died of COVID-19

Aberdee News: ‘All smoke and mirrors’: How Trump’s meatpacking order has failed to keep workers safe

UFCW Mentions:

CBS 4 Denver: Union Unveils Billboards In Memory Of 6 JBS Workers Who Died From COVID-19

Supermarket News: Michigan extends COVID-19 protections for grocery workers, shoppers

Progressive Grocer: Union Demands Food Retailers Reinstate Hazard Pay

Updated 6/18/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Bloomberg: U.S. Meat Plants Are Deadly as Ever, With No Incentive to Change 

USA Today: ‘All smoke and mirrors’: How Trump’s meatpacking order has failed to keep workers safe

UFCW Mentions:

Seattle Pi: Labor Council expels Seattle Police Officers Guild from its ranks

Supermarket News: Michigan extends COVID-19 protections for grocery workers, shoppers

Updated 6/17/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Fox 31 Denver – Emails suggest CDC director influenced state health decisions related to Greeley meat plant

Colorado Politics: Crisanta Duran, grocery union endorse Romanoff in Democratic US Senate primary

Magic Valley: Albertsons ends $2-an-hour coronavirus raise for in-store workers. Now it’s doing this

Broadcast KDVR-DEN (FOX 31) – Denver – FOX 31 Denver News at Night

JBS Greeley plant and workers memorial.

 KWGN (CW) – Denver – Daybreak News

UFCW Mentions:

Boston Globe: Push to unionize Massachusetts marijuana industry heats up

Courthouse News Services: Meatpacking Industry Struggles to Find New Normal

Reuters: Meatpacking workers often absent after Trump order to reopen

Updated 6/16/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

NBC 9 Denver: Memorial held for 3 grocery store workers who died of COVID-19

Big Country News: Albertsons Ends $2-Per-Hour Coronavirus Raise, Gives ‘Appreciation Pay’ Bonus

Grocery Dive: Albertsons ends ‘appreciation pay’ for employees

Broadcast: ABC Colorado Springs – KRDO Channel 13 News

Updated 6/15/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Grocery Business: Albertsons Sunsets Hourly Appreciation Pay

CBS 4 (Denver, CO): Community Honors 3 King Soopers Employees Who Died From Coronavirus

KDVR Fox 31 (Denver, CO): Community remembers 3 King Soopers employees who died with COVID-19

KDVR Fox 31 (Denver, CO):Memorial service, motorcade to be held in honor of UFCW 7 grocery workers who died from COVID-19

KDVR Fox 31 (Denver, CO):  Safeway-Albertsons’ stores cutting ‘Appreciation Pay’ for grocery store employees

The Denver Channel: Memorial service held for three King Soopers employees who died of COVID-19

UFCW Mentions:

Denver Post: Memorial service held for three grocery workers who died from COVID-19

[Reuters Repost] Meatpacking workers often absent after Trump order to reopen

Updated 6/12/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Broadcast

It’s the Economy Podcast: UFCW President KimCordova with Covid19 Workers Update and BLM

UFCW Mentions:

SouthernMinn.com: Long Prairie beef processor among latest swept by COVID-19, despite significant prevention

Updated 6/11/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Slate: Giving Corporations a License to Kill

UFCW Mentions:

The Hill: Union leaders press Oversight Committee to pass protections for meat plant workers

Grocery Dive: UFCW calls on Congress to better protect workers

The Fern: Meat plants should slow the line, separate workers, say unions

Updated 6/10/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Arizona Central: Essential workers just can’t get a break. Pay lost during protests as stores curb hours, honor curfews

UFCW Mentions:

World Socialist Website: COVID-19 eruptions increasing in US meatpacking plants, logistics centers

Updated 6/9/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Wall Street Journal: Older Workers Grapple With Risk of Getting Covid-19 on the Job

UFCW Mentions:

Successful Farming: Ranchers, Labor Union Call For Stronger Covid-19 Protections For Meatpacking Workers

Kiro 7 (Seattle, WA): Unionized essential workers call for Mayor Durkan to resign

Successful Farming: Ranchers, Labor Union Call For Stronger Covid-19 Protections For Meatpacking Workers

Updated 6/8/2020

UFCW Mentions:

WWLP (Springfield, MA): UFCW food drive benefits union members working the front lines

USA Today: Coronavirus outbreaks climb at U.S. meatpacking plants despite protections, Trump order

The Globe: UFCW sponsors food drive for JBS employees

Michigan Radio: What it’s like to be a retail business owner, and employee, in the age of COVID-19

Updated 6/5/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

El Nuevo Dia: Latino grocery stores are a focus of Colorado coronavirus spread

(AP Repost)

June 4, 2020

UFCW Mentions:

Des Moines Register: ‘A serious mistake’: Union president criticizes Tyson Foods over attendance policy

Updated 6/4/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Yahoo Noticias (Translated): Latino Food Stores, Focus of Coronavirus Spread in Colorado

UFCW Mentions:

Workers’s World: Workers unite to fight racism, cops, pandemic

Updated 6/3/2020

Kroger Mentions:

NW Labor Press: Heroes no longer? Fred Meyer ends hero pay

Fox Business: Hazard pay cuts: Essential coronavirus front-line workers speak out

Mission Mentions:

Pueblo Chieftain: Coronavirus outbreak at Mission Foods

NBC Southern Colorado KOAA 5 : COVID-19 outbreak at Pueblo food plant

AB Pueblo (KKTV): Outbreak at Pueblo food facility; multiple employees test positive for COVID-19

Fox 21 Pueblo: Coronavirus outbreak reported at Mission Foods plant in Pueblo Count

JBS Mentions:

Washington Post: As coronavirus took jobs or workers fell ill, teen children have toiled full-time,

Des Moines Register: Tyson: 815 workers at Iowa plants — 591 in Storm Lake and 224 in Council Bluffs — tested positive for COVID-19

UFCW Mentions:

Newsweek: 25 Percent Of Staff Test Positive For Coronavirus At Iowa Tyson Foods Plant, Production Resuming On Wednesday

Winnipeg Free Press: Pallister announces one-time bonus payment for low-wage front-line workers

Updated 6/2/2020

Kroger Mentions:

Texas Observer: ‘Heroes’ No More: Grocers Are Already Clawing Back COVID-19 Worker Benefits

Troy Media: Grocers move away from ‘hero pay’ model for staff

Mission Foods Mentions:

Civil Eats: The Pandemic Isn’t Easing Up, but Frontline Food Workers Are Already Losing

Univision: “Nos da miedo ir a trabajar”: los preocupantes contagios en empacadoras de carne y tortillerías de California

JBS Mentions:

Bloomberg Law: Meatpackers Test Boundaries of Anonymity in Covid-19 Lawsuits

Politico: As meatpacking plants reopen, workers terrified of coronavirus risk

UFCW Mentions:

Live Kindly: Meat Industry Labor Leader: ‘Liives Are Worth More Than A Ham Sandwich’

Food Dive: Calls to close Smithfield’s Farmer John plant escalate amid outbreak

Virginian Pilot: Regional stores are reopening in phases

Journal Inquirer (Manchester, CT): Stop & Shop extends bonus pay to July 4

WWLP (Chicopee, MA): UFCW Union to hold food drive for front-line workers

FarmForum: Producers and food workers call for better worker protections at meatpacking plants

Talk Business Net: COVID-19 cases up almost 10% over the weekend; Tyson Foods expands worker testing

Broadcast:

Newstalk 610 CKTB at 6/2/2020 6:49:24 AM

CTV News London on CTV Two London (CFPL)

Newshour on Aljazeera English

Updated 6/1/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Longview News-Journal: Meat industry is trying to get back to normal, but workers are still getting sick 

Wikipedia Entry: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the meat industry in the United States

Kroger Mentions:

NPR: As ‘Hero’ Pay Ends, Essential Workers Wonder What They Are Worth

WCPO: Kroger, Walmart closed early in anticipation of continued protests

Dallas News: Development near downtown Dallas will include a new Kroger store

WLKY: Kroger announces new senior, at-risk shopping hours

JBS Mentions:

Politico Pro: As meatpacking plants reopen, workers terrified of coronavirus risk

Souderton Independent: No new coronavirus cases at JBS Souderton since meat packer reopened

UFCW Mentions:

Politico Morning Shift: Safety

DCist: For Local Giant Employees, Reopening Means An End To Hazard Pay Increases

Grocery Dive: Stop & Shop extends 10% pay increase

NBC 12 (VA): Following months of workplace complaints, Northam proposes on-the-job safety rules for COVID-19

Broadcast:

Fox 4 Morning News at 6am on WFTX-FTM (FOX)

Good Morning Texas Weekend on KXXV-WAC (ABC)

Updated 5/29/2020

Kroger Mentions:

USA Today: ‘I’m working to survive, not to live.’ Essential workers face pay gaps during the pandemic

Coral Murphy:

Indianapolis Recorder: Not all frontline workers work in hospitals. Meet grocery store butcher Juan Ruffin

Progressive Grocer: Stop & Shop Extends Pandemic Pay Increase

Huffington Post: More Grocery Chains Are Ending Hazard Pay Even As The Pandemic Continues

JBS Mentions:

Merco Pres: Spread of coronavirus threatening Brazilian slaughterhouses

Independent: $4 raise at JBS expires Sunday

UFCW Mentions:

Reuters: Los Angeles Union, Joined by ‘Pandemic Pig,’ Demands Meatpacking Plant Closure

Consumer Affairs: Tyson shuts down another slaughterhouse after employees test positive for COVID-19 

NBC Sioux Falls: UFCW union calls for better safety measures for meatpacking workers

Consumer Affairs: Tyson shuts down another slaughterhouse after employees test positive for COVID-19

Grocery Dive: Stop & Shop extends 10% pay increase

ABC 7 (New York): Stop and Shop extends 10% pay bump for hourly workers

EcoWatch: Tyson Pork Plant Closes After More Than 20% of Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

The Pig Site: US union demands closure of LA meat processing plant

Broadcast:

Montana This Morning on KBZK (CBS)

Interview with Kim about Kroger Hero pay.

KCBA Monterey Morning News (Fox)

Segment on UFCW’s calls for more protective measures for workers.

Social Media:

Brian Kabateck – LA Based Consumer Rights Attorney

After 153 positive COVID-19 cases, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 is asking for the Farmer John meatpacking plant in Vernon to close down and maintain employee payroll and benefits while the outbreak is investigated. ow.ly/dGSS50zU2gl

Dave Jamieson — HuffPost Labor Reporter

An Albertsons spokesperson tells me they will be extending the $2/hr hazard pay at their chains (Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and others) through June 13. Hazard pay at some other companies is set to end this weekend (Giant, Whole Foods, Amazon) The UFCW represents many but not all workers in Albertsons holdings. This is a case where the union making a stink about hazard pay benefits workers in all the chains, union and non-union alike.

Updated 5/28/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

[Colorado Sun Repost] Montrose Press: As Colorado businesses reopen, coronavirus-related workers’ compensation claims are piling up

Kroger Mentions:

Westword: COVID-19 Update: New Outbreaks at Amazon, Stevinson Toyota

New Haven Register: Supermarket chain extends pandemic pay to July for CT workers

Patch Atlanta: Kroger To Begin ‘Thank You’ Pay; Workers Want Hazard Pay Back

WSB Atlanta: Kroger employees fighting for return of hazard pay for grocery workers

JBS Mentions:

NBC News 9: Here are the grocery stores, restaurants and other facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado

UFCW Mentions:

Baltimore Sun: Union calls on Giant Food to extend workers hazard pay

Patch Connecticut: Coronavirus Pay Rate Extended At Stop & Shop

CBS Boston: Stop & Shop Extends 10% Pay Raise For Workers Through July 4th

Broadcast:

7 News at 11 AM on KMGH-DEN (ABC)

Kim Cordova interview on Kroger Hero Pay and benefits

2News Works For You Midday on KJRH (NBC)

Kim Cordova interview on Kroger Hero Pay and benefits

WXMI Grand Rapids Coronavirus Daily Rundown (FOX)

Kim Cordova interview on Kroger Hero Pay and benefits

WEVV Evansville – CBS News in the Morning (CBS)

Interview with anonymous Kroger workers about hero pay.

Social Media:

Hilda Solis — LA County Supervisor

Everyone needs nutritious food to stay healthy in this pandemic. I am working to make sure no one goes to bed hungry at night. Thank you @LAFoodBank, @LIUNA Local 300, @UFCW Local 1428, El Proyecto del Barrio, @LALabor and @cityofazusa for organizing today’s food distribution!

Chris Walker — CBC Journalist

Up next at 7:10 am on @CBCKelowna: Save-On-Foods, owned by BC’s richest person, cuts $2/hr pandemic pay during pandemic, offering staff grocery discounts instead.UFCW union says it’s “shocked,” starts letter writing campaign calling on company to reconsider.

Greg Harper — City TV Journalist

Union representing thousands of B.C. grocery workers says decision from Save On Foods to end pandemic premium pay for its employees is “irresponsible” and “unfair.” According to UFCW, the premium ends on Saturday. @BT_Vancouver @CityNewsVAN @NEWS1130

Updated 5/27/20

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Colorado Sun: As Colorado businesses reopen, coronavirus-related workers’ compensation claims are piling up

Kroger Mentions:

WJHL Kroger: Three associates test positive for coronavirus at store in Knoxville

WISHTV: Kroger holding last two days of free COVID testing

WVLT (Knoxville, TN): 3 employees positive for COVID-19 at Cedar Bluff Kroger

UFCW Mentions:

Los Angeles Times: ‘What the heck is going on?’ County supervisors demand answers on Vernon coronavirus outbreaks

ABC Denver (KATC): Hazard pay is ending for many essential workers despite ongoing hazard they face

LAist: Number Of Farmer John Coronavirus Cases Continues To Grow

Tri City News: Union in ‘shock’ as Save-On-Foods ends pandemic pay boost for workers

Broadcast:

MSNBC – MSNBC Live With Hallie Jackson

Segment on coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants in LA. Includes a clip of Cordova speaking.

ABC Phoenix (KNVX) – Coronavirus: The Rundown

Segment on groups opposing the end of Hazard pay at kroger stores.

CBS Corpus Christi (KZTV) – Coronavirus: The Rundown

Cordova interview about risk to frontline workers

CW Denver (KWGN) – Daybreak News

Scandals in meatpacking in Colorado, including price fixing and outbreaks of COVID-19.

Social Media:

MSNBC

John Grant, UFCW Local 770 president, discusses coronavirus infections and deaths after outbreaks at meat processing plants.”A ham sandwich is not that valuable.”

Ayman Mohyeldin – MSNBC Anchor

John Grant, UFCW Local 770 president, joined me to discuss what it’s like speaking to families who have lost someone to coronavirus after outbreaks at meat processing plants.

Updated 5/22/2020 – 5/26/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Washington Post: The meat industry is trying to get back to normal. But workers are still getting sick — and shortages may get worse.

[Reposted: Times-Union, Beaumont Enterprise, The Telegraph]

 Fox Denver (KDVR 31): Second employee at King Soopers in Capitol Hill dies of COVID-19 complications

Noticias: Second King Soopers Employee Dies From Covid-19 In Denver (Translated)

JBS Mentions:

Bloomberg: Scared and sick, U.S. meat workers crowd into reopened plants

The New York Times: As Meatpacking Plants Reopen, Data About Worker Illness Remains Elusive

The Greeley Tribune: Who’s watching the plant? JBS oversight responsibilities seem murky as case counts, deaths climb

[ AP Repost] Fox13: Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

Kroger Mentions:

Buzzfeed: “I Am Only Earning $300 A Week”: Here’s What People Are Making For Essential Work

Mother Jones: Grocery Workers May Be Called “Heroes,” But Their “Hero Pay” Is Disappearing

Denver Post: The coronavirus pandemic is widening the chasm between Colorado’s haves and have-nots

NPR: Grocery Workers Union Estimates 3,257 Members Infected With Coronavirus

CO Gazette: 2nd employee at Colorado King Soopers store died from COVID-19, union says

Sentinel News: Kroger, union differ on Hero Pay

World Socialist: More US grocery workers die from COVID-19

Denverite: Coworker of deceased King Soopers employee worries stores are still too crowded

CBS 4 Denver: Another COVID-19 Positive King Soopers Employee Who Worked In Denver Dies

Commercial Appeal: New COVID-19 case at Kroger Memphis warehouse after company ends hazard pay

UFCW Mentions:

North West Signal: Pay, protection sought for ‘essential’ workers

Commercial Appeal: In first area labor election since start of pandemic, food processing workers join UFCW

Broadcast:

MSNBC – Morning Joe May 26, 2020

Segment on the impact industry wide in the meatpacking industry, and on grocery workers. Interview with UFCW international president.

CNN – John King

Segment on case numbers and workers who have tested positively, focus on union in LA demanding plants closing after 150 workers test positive.

CNN – Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto

Segment detailing meat prices going up as the processing plants continue to be hot spots.

 JBS:

7 News Now Saturday AM on KMGH-DEN (ABC)

NBC 9 Denver – KUSA News 9 (NBC)

ABC World News Tonight With David Muir

Clip on general cases in plants and hot spot situation, food price increase

UFCW/King Soopers:

CBS4 News at 6PM on KCNC-DEN (CBS)

FOX 31 Denver News at 10 PM on KDVR-DEN (FOX)

Today in LA KNBC- LA (NBC)

Social Media:

Raphael Warnock – GA Senate Candidate

Grocery store employees and all of our front line workers put themselves at risk everyday during this crisis to help us care for our families and communities.

I stand with @UFCW in their call for fair wages and proper protection for these essential workers.

Dick Durbin – Senate minority Whip

PART ONE of my conversation with Marc Perrone, President of @UFCW, about the importance of protecting workers & consumers from #COVID19.

PART TWO of my conversation with Marc Perrone, President of @UFCW, about the importance of protecting workers & consumers from #COVID19.

Bree Davis – Denver TV Anchor

Then why are your employees dying? And why would you end “hero pay” instead of just making pay raises permanent? Let us know when a Kroger exec’s bonus is only $400. Because $400 is all FT frontline workers are given- and that barely covers 1/3 of someone’s rent in #Colorado.

His name was James McKay. He worked at the Cap Hill King Soopers in #Denver, where his coworker Randy Narvaez also died from #covid19.It is clear that the execs at @kroger are not taking this seriously.

KOAA News5

A second employee at a Denver King Soopers has died from complications related to the novel coronavirus. He was believed to be one of the first cases reported at that store.

23ABC News

NATIONAL: Second King Soopers employee from Denver store dies of COVID-19, union says

Fox31 Denver KDVR

Seventy King Soopers and Kroger employees—in Colorado—have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a union rep with United Food and Commercial Workers #7.​

Denver7 News

A second employee at the King Soopers in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has died from complications related to the novel coronavirus, union officials said Monday. The store is dealing with 11 reported cases of the new virus. https://bit.ly/2TCMd5e #COVID19Colorado

Supermarket News

SN Top 10: The latest news on coronavirus impact from @kroger @AldiUSA @Walmart @StaterBrosMkts @UFCW #Amazon http://ow.ly/XRnn50zQlrk @SN_news #coronavirusgrocery #supermarketnews

Updated 5/21/20

Kim Cordova Mentions:

The Hill: Unions worry Congress is one step closer to a liability shield

JBS Mentions:

Greeley Tribune: Growth in deaths from Colorado’s coronavirus outbreaks shows signs of leveling off; JBS no longer statewide outbreak leader

KDVR 31 Fox (Denver, CO): Colorado health officials adjust data, reduce number of COVID-19 cases at JBS plant to 264

Kroger Mentions:

NY Post: Kroger markets to stop extra pay to crisis workers

HuffPost: Kroger Workers Rip Grocer For Ending ‘Hero Pay’ During Pandemic

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Kroger is expanding its hours, expiring senior shopping hours this weekend

Buzzfeed: Harris Teeter Won’t Tell Employees What Their Temperature Is During New Health Screenings

Detroit Free Press: Grocery employees say they work in fear, want hazard pay to continue

USA Today: ‘No worker’s life is worth my getting a cheaper hamburger’: Biden urges protections in meatpacking plants

13 WMAZ: Kroger changes store and fuel center hours starting May 24

Fox Denver (KDVR 31): Colorado health officials adjust data, reduce number of COVID-19 cases at JBS plant to 264

UFCW Mentions:

Supermarket News: Grocery workers ‘not facing fewer hazards,’ UFCW says

WDRB: Union wants Kroger, other grocers to require masks for customers

NBC Denver (COVID-19. Outbreaks Have Been Confirmed at These 10 Colorado Grocery Stores

Broadcast:

MSNBC – Rachel Maddow

Weld County Department of Health testing form

KWGN (CW) Denver – Daybreak News

Worker death reporting at JBS Greeley

CNN International – Connecting the World

UFCW push to extendhero pay, PPE requirements

NBC Denver (KUSA) – News in the AM

Increased COVID cases among grocery store workers

CBS Grand Junction (KREX ) – News at Noon

Kroger ending hero pay

KTVD News 9 Denver – 9News in the AM

Worker death reporting at JBS Greeley

WNYC – FM Radio 3:00PM

UFCW push to extend hero pay.

Social Media:

The Hill – Media Outlet

Unions worry Congress is one step closer to a liability shield http://hill.cm/2ogKgO6

Sarah Riggs Amico – GA Senate Candidate

With more than 15,000 COVID-19 infections and 60 deaths within meatpacking plants, it’s well past time that we do more for our frontline meat and poultry workers.

We need common-sense measures passed to #ProtectAllWorkers now. @UFCW @RWDSU #1u

Jesse Rodriguez – Director of Booking MSNBC

Weld Co., CO form for meatpacking plant workers – obtained by @maddow: If you’ve been exposed to someone who has fever or respiratory symptoms, you are not eligible to be tested.

Suraj Patel, Congressional Candidate

America’s grocery workers are risking, and losing, their lives to keep our country fed. We have tragically lost at least 68 grocery store workers like Leilani Jordan. And that’s an undercount. I stand with @UFCW workers seeking job safety measures and ongoing hazard pay.

Updated 5/20/20

Kim Cordova Mentions:

ABC Tallahassee (WTXL 27): 11 employees at a single Denver grocery store have contracted COVID-19, 2 have died

Tin Aye/Randy Mentions:

Daily Mail: Grandmother, 60, who was eighth worker to die of COVID-19 at JBS meatpacking plant in Colorado was told she just had a cold and ordered to keep working, her daughter claims

Kroger Mentions:

Salon: Kroger abandons demand that employees return extra COVID-19 pay – here’s what happened

Food & Wine: Kroger Backtracks on Asking for Excess ‘Hero Pay’ to Be Returned

Cincinnati Enquirer: Bernie Sanders blasts Kroger CEO’s pay as ‘disgusting’

ABC Cincinnati (WCPO 9): Kroger lets workers keep extra ‘Hero Pay’ after company sent collection letters

TooFab: Kroger Swiftly U-Turns After Letter Demanding ‘Hero Pay’ Back Goes Viral

Fox Cincinnati: Kroger letting workers keep excess pandemic payments made in error

[Repost: Columbus Dispatch]

WDRB: Union wants Kroger, other grocers to require masks for customers

Social Media:

Fatameh Fakhraie – founder of Muslimah Media Watch

Don’t use #marketing to thank your employees if your house isn’t clean.

Another example: “thank you to our workers” ads from Fred Meyer on Spotify—they include a tacky promotion after the ad and are running while @kroger ends hazard pay.

Cristina Tzintun Ramirez – former US Senate Candidate

Essential means we pay essential workers what they deserve and give them the full protection they need. Thank you’s won’t pay the bills or be enough for these workers risking their lives for all of US! @UFCW

Updated 5/19/20

Kim Cordova Mentions:

The Patch: King Soopers Grocery Worker Dies From Coronavirus In Denver

Telemundo Denver: COVID-19 dies in Hispanic employee of King Soopers in Denver

ABC Denver (ABC 7): Denver King Soopers worker dies of COVID-19; same store has had 11 cases, officials say

[Reposted: CBS Va (WTKR 3)

CBS Denver (CBS 4): King Soopers Employee Who Worked In Denver Dies From Coronavirus

[Reposted: Denver Gazette]

NBC Denver (NBC 9): 2 more essential workers die from COVID-19 in Colorado

Democracy Now: 60-Year-Old Burmese Refugee Becomes Eighth COVID-19 Victim at Colorado Meat Plant

KKTV: Union reports 8th COVID-19 death at Colorado meatpacking plant

Daily Beast: JBS Meat Plant Clinic Told Eighth COVID-19 Victim She Had a ‘Normal Cold,’ Daughter Says

Fort Morgan Times: Eighth JBS Greeley worker dies amid coronavirus outbreak at meat plant

Kroger Mentions:

Buzzfeed: Harris Teeter Won’t Tell Employees What Their Temperature Is During New Health Screenings

PopCulture.com: Kroger Appears to Ask Workers to Return ‘Overpaid’ Emergency Pay

Cincinnati Enquirer: Oops: Kroger overpaid some workers and demanded repayment, now says ‘nevermind’

CBS News: Some grocery workers “scared to death” to return to work

GQ: Companies Are Quietly Pulling the Plug on “Hero Pay” for Essential Workers

Business Insider: Target extends it $2-an-hour coronavirus wage hike days after Amazon is slammed for taking away ‘hero pay

Houston Chronicle: Kroger gives $130 million in ‘Thank You Pay’ to associates and extends COVID-19 Emergency Leave

Fox Memphis (Fox 13): Kroger announces “Thank You Pay” for frontline hourly workers

Channel 3000: ‘We think Kroger should be leading’: Union pushes for grocery store chain to restore ‘hero pay’

Post and Courier: Uber announces more layoffs; Harris Teeter parent Kroger ends hazard pay, adds bonuses

Decatur Herald & Review: Kroger dedicates $130 million to employees bonuses

NBC Colorado Spring: Colorado coronavirus latest May 19: 2 more essential workers die from COVID-19 in Colorado

UFCW Mentions:

NY Mag: The Coronavirus Class War

Wrights Grocery Business: UFCW Calls Ending Extra Pay for Grocery Workers ‘Unconscionable’

KKTV Colorado Springs: Union reports Denver King Soopers employee died from COVID-19, asks that customers be required to wear masks

Broadcast:

7 News at 11 AM on KMGH-DEN (ABC)

Story of Tin Aye and Randy.

9News at 7am on KTVD (MyTV)

Story of Tin Aye and Randy , interview with Kim Cordova on importance of worker safety.

11 News at 6 AM on KKTV (CBS)

Story of Tin Aye and Randy , interview with Kim Cordova on importance of worker safety.

CBS4 This Morning-6AM on KCNC-DEN (CBS)

Story of Tin Aye and Randy , interview with Kim Cordova on importance of worker safety.

KUSA-DEN (NBC)

Story of Tin Aye and Randy , interview with Kim Cordova on importance of worker safety.

KCNC-DEN (CBS)

Story of Tin Aye and Randy , interview with Kim Cordova on importance of worker safety.

CNN with Poppy Harlow

Connect the World on CNN International (US)

Social Media:

Andrew RomanoffCandidate for US Senate

Heartbreaking, especially because so many of these deaths are preventable. Grocery workers are begging their customers to wear masks. Is that too much to ask? To protect ourselves & the people who are keeping us from going hungry?

I stand with @UFCW_7.  Every life is essential.

Poppy Harlow – CNN Anchor

Remembering Tin Aye who died this weekend after contracting #COVID19 — she worked at the JBS Greeley meat plant in Colorado.  She was a mother, wife, and newly a grandmother who came to the U.S. in 2007 in search of a better life.  She was just 60 years old.

Jillian FreelandCandidate for Congress

An 8th JBS worker in Greeley has passed too. We have to work to protect people, not profits. These deaths were preventable, but greed got in the way. We have to do better.

Dianne Gallagher – CNN

Learn more about Tin Aye here: https://cnn.com/2020/05/18/us/jbs-employee-dies/index.html

Rob Low – KDVR

King Soopers to test all workers at Capitol Hill grocery store after 51-yr old employee Randy Narvaez dies from COVID-19. Doctors tried plasma & Remdesivir but neither worked. 11 of Randy’s co-workers in quarantine after testing positive #kdvr

KROGER ON SOCIAL:

Stephanie Ruhle – MSNBC Anchor

I am sorry….. WHAT Tell me I am reading this wrong… A company sitting on $2bn in cash, Doing more business than ever, Is asking employees to return some of the extra pay they received?

Sleeping Giants – Activism Organization

This is disgusting, @kroger.

Your CEO is just about to get a massive raise.

cc: @JuddLegum

Jamira Burley – Activist

I’m disgusted @kroger

Ilan ben Meir – Former Buzzfeed Reporter

Boycott Kroger. Let ‘em know right out the gate that we won’t stand for this kind of shit, or other big corporations are sure to follow

Linda Sarsour  –  Civil Rights Activist and Organizer

Are you kidding me @kroger?

Joe Gross – Journalist

Completely unacceptable @kroger

Updated 5/18/20

Kim Cordova Mentions:

El Globo: In the US, Latinos with Covid-19 are pressured to work in the meat industry (Translated)

The Denver Channel: Denver King Soopers worker dies of COVID-19; same store has had 12 cases, union says

Kroger Mentions:

Georgia Public Broadcasting: Kroger Offers Employee Bonus After Grocery Union Criticizes Cutting Of ‘Hero Pay’

CBS Denver: Kroger Ends ‘Hero Pay’ For King Soopers, City Market Employees

JBS/Tin Aye Mentions:

Denver Post: Eighth JBS Greeley worker dies amid coronavirus outbreak at meat plant

Fox Business: Texas meat plant city becomes coronavirus hot spot amid increased testing

Greeley Tribune: Eighth JBS worker dies amid coronavirus outbreak at Greeley plant

 Terra: Alemanha registra quarto surto de covid-19 em frigoríficos

Broadcast Mentions:

KCFR-FM

NBC News: Weekend Today at 7

CNN Newsroom Live on CNN International (US)

9News at Noon on KUSA-DEN (NBC)

FOX 31 Denver News at 11AM on KDVR-DEN (FOX)

CBS This Morning on CBS Denver (KCNC-DEN)

ABC AM News – ABC 7 Denver

Social Mentions:

Rep. Diana De Gette

So sad to hear that Tin Aye, a Colorado meatpacking worker, and Randy Narvaez, a King Soopers employee, have both died from coronavirus.

My heart is with their families and @UFCW community during this tragic time. We can’t go on like this. Workers need stronger protections NOW!

 

Rob Sheridan @rob_sheridan

The onslaught of @kroger TV/radio ads saying “thank you for the long hours” to its workers has been sickening. Those ads are expensive. They’re not the “thanks” workers need. Great work here by Popular Information in a small but significant step in holding Kroger accountable:

 Tony Kovaleski @TonyKovaleski

BREAKING- Denver7 has confirmed the 8th death of a JBS Greeley Slaughterhouse employee of Covid-19 related complications. @DenverChannel

 Dianne Gallagher @DianneG

Tin Aye’s daughter says in early March a JBS health clinic told her mother she had flu/cold symptoms & could return to work

“If this is true, it would be a clear violation of our culture & procedures,” a JBS spox told CNN earlier this month.

 CBS Denver

Tin Aye, A JBS Employee And New Grandmother, Dies From Coronavirus

Updated 5/16/20 & 5/17/20

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Fox Denver (KDVR 31): Employee at King Soopers in Capitol Hill dies of COVID-19

Westword: COVID-19: New King Soopers Death, but No Change in Mask Rule

Kroger Mentions:

Today: After protests, Kroger will issue ‘thank you pay’ to front-line workers

VOX: Essential workers are losing their hazard pay even though the hazard isn’t over

Fox Business: America’s largest grocery union blasts Kroger for ending ‘hero’ pay

Associated Press: Kroger announces new bonuses after cutting hazard pay

[Reposted: WFFT Fort Wayne, IN, News Journal Cincinnati, ABC News]

WTRF (Cincinnati, OH): Kroger announces $130 million ‘Thank You Pay’ bonus for employees

[Reposted: Our Quad Cities]

Eater: Kroger Offers Employees ‘Thank You’ Bonus After Receiving Criticism for Ending Hero Pay

NY Daily News: Kroger backtracks, will continue extra pay through mid-June amid coronavirus

MLive (Michigan): Kroger swaps $2 per hour ‘Hero Pay’ raise for frontline workers for one-time bonus

WRDW (Atlanta, GA): Kroger gives $400 bonuses to full-timers, hires more than 7,800 in region

CNN: Weekend beach crowds show what Memorial Day might look like (Excerpted)

[Reposted: WRDR GA, WAPT MS]

JBS/Tin Aye Mentions:

CNN: A refugee and new grandmother was the eighth employee at a Colorado meat packing plant to die from coronavirus

CNN Reposts: WKTV

 CBS 4 (Denver, CO): Tin Aye, A JBS Employee And New Grandmother, Dies From Coronavirus

UFCW Mentions:

Skanner: Union Criticises Supermarket Chains for Ending Emergency Pay

Broadcast:

11AM

FOX 2 News on WJBK-DET (FOX)

9 AM

FOX 31 Morning News at 9 on KDVR-DEN (FOX)

8AM

Daybreak 8A on KWGN (CW)

Fox 4 Good Day Colorado on KFQX (FOX)

FOX 31 Morning News at 8 on KDVR-DEN (FOX)

CBS This Morning on KCNC-DEN (CBS)

Good Day Oregon on KPTV-POR (FOX)

Good Day Oregon on Fox 12 Plus

FOX40 News at 8am on KTXL-SAC (FOX)

Great Day on FOX26 on KMPH-FRES (FOX)

Mornings on Fox 11 on KRXI (FOX)

News 2 Midday on WCBD-CHS (NBC)

7AM

Daybreak 7A on KWGN (CW)

FOX 31 Morning News at 7 on KDVR-DEN (FOX)

6AM

Daybreak 6A on KWGN (CW)

CBS4 This Morning-6AM on KCNC-DEN (CBS)

5AM

Daybreak 5A on KWGN (CW)

CBS4 This Morning-5AM on KCNC-DEN (CBS)

4AM

FOX 31 Morning News at 4 on KDVR-DEN (FOX)

SUNDAY

FOX 31 Denver News at 10 PM on KDVR-DEN (FOX)

KCFR-FM Denver

FRIDAY

https://www.kiro7.com/video/?id=4905665

SATURDAY

Fox 31 Denver News at 5 on KDVR-DEN (FOX)

Rural Evening News on RFD-TV

FRIDAY

Market Day Report on RFD-TV

KRCG 13 Live at Sunrise on KRCG (CBS)

Social Media:

Davie Jamieson @Jamieson

  • Incredibly sad: The 8th JBS worker to die from coronavirus was Tin Aye. She had just become a grandmother after her daughter gave emergency birth while COVID19 positive, according to

  • @UFCW_7. Aye went on a ventilator right after her grandchild’s birth. From the union

  • Aye‘s daughter, San Twin, told CNN that a JBS company doctor told her mother she likely had the flu or common cold and could return to work at the plant. cnn.com/2020/05/18/us/jbs-employee-dies/index.html

Dianne Gallagher – CNN

  • Tin Aye wanted a better life for her children, away from the refugee camp in Thailand where they were born. She came to USA in 2007 & worked at the JBS plant in Greeley, CO. Tin Aye died Sunday from #covid19 She never got to meet her new grandson

  • As @jerharlanCNN points out in this article, Tin Aye is now the EIGHTH employee from the JBS beef plant in Greeley Colorado to die. She had been in the hospital and on a ventilator since March 29th, one day after her first grandson, Felix, was born.

Magdalene Visaggio @MagsVisaggs

  • As Kroger cuts “hero pay” because essential workers just aren’t worth the money, as Bezos does the same, as delivery drivers and restaurant workers trudge into work at risk of their own lives and dont even get a decent wage

Updated 5/15/20

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Greeley Tribune: JBS, Pilgrim’s Pride earmark $200M for COVID relief

Westword: COVID-19 and Colorado Grocery Workers: 64 Cases, Seven Deaths

NBC Decatur (WAND 7): Union fighting end to Kroger’s ‘Hero Pay’

Counter Punch: One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy and Keep On Keepin’ On

[Reposted:  LA Progressive]

Kroger Mentions:

Vice: Because I Work at Kroger, So Why Do I Feel Disposable?

The Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus to Slow U.S. Meat Production for Months, CEO Says

Click On Detroit: ‘Slap in the face’: Michigan lawmakers want Kroger to extend workers’ $2 raise beyond this weekend

WSBT 22: Kroger gives ‘Thank You Pay’ bonus to hourly associates for working during pandemic

Memphis Commercial Appeal: Stripped of hazard pay, Kroger workers challenge company’s ‘return to normal

UFCW Mentions:

TeenVouge: Coronavirus Spreading in Meat Plants Puts Workers’ Lives at Risk

Supermarket News: UFCW calls for grocers to extend COVID-19 emergency pay plans

Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus to Slow U.S. Meat Production for Months, CEO Says Head of the biggest U.S. beef producer says JBS is revamping operations

Supermarket News: UFCW calls for grocers to extend COVID-19 emergency pay plans

Broadcast:

NPR (WBUR): Here & Now: Coronavirus Plagues America’s Meatpacking Industry

Jeremy Hobson

May 14, 2020

Thousands of workers at meatpacking plants have tested positive for the coronavirus, as states and companies have been slow to test and release data.

Host Jeremy Hobson talks to Kim Cordova, who heads up the United Food and Commercial Workers union branch in Colorado and Wyoming which represents thousands of food processing employees.

NBC Colorado Springs (KOAA): NBC Colorado Springs News 5 at 6PM

May 14, 2020

Interview with anonymous UFCW Member

One News Page: Kroger To End Coronavirus ‘Hero Pay’ (Video)

May 15, 2020

Kroger announced it hired 100,000 workers since March, as grocery store demands surge amid the coronavirus pandemic.

They’ve reportedly spent $700 million in associate pay, including its ‘Hero’ bonus of $2 per hour.

However, Kroger said the bonus will end in May and that has sparked outrage among the staff.

NPR: Grocery Store Chain Kroger Is Planning To End ‘Hero Pay’

Social Media:

Ezra Kaplan – NBC 

Buried in this announcement is the confirmation that Kroger is ending hero pay for hourly employees. It will instead give one-time “Thank You Pay” to qualified workers.

NPR Business 

Grocery Store Chain Kroger Is Planning To End ‘Hero Pay’

Judd Legum – Popular Mechanics

UPDATE:

@Kroger, which planned to eliminate its $2/hour “hero bonus” on Sunday, has announced that it will pay full-time workers a $400 bonus This is the equivalent of extending the “hero bonus” for 5 weeks.

https://popular.info/p/update-krogers-21-million-man

This isn’t everything  @kroger  workers DESERVE.

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Kroger will pay part-time workers $200.

Importantly, it will also continue its expanded paid sick leave policy that it put in place after public pressure in March.

https://t.co/wBCH7pt6XC?amp=1

For those looking for confirmation, here is a link to Kroger’s press release.

https://t.co/40gu4CvRaK?amp=1

@slpng_giants organized a letter writing campaign targeting Kroger execs which had a big role in prompting this change

Updated 5/14/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Harvard Law School: Rethinking Essential: Business, Work, and Human Rights in the Covid-19 Pandemic

ABC Denver (ABC 7): King Soopers worker pleads for grocery store to mandate masks for customers

Market Watch: Kroger has hired 100,000 workers since March, will end bonus pay mid-May

Kroger Mentions:

WTHR: Kroger to stop offering ‘hero bonus’ for employees, unions ask it be continued

Fox Business: Kroger ending coronavirus ‘hero pay’ for workers Sunday

Salon: Kroger still plans to slash employees’ “hero pay” after another grocery worker dies of coronavirus

Bloomberg: Essential Workers Are Losing Their ‘Hazard Pay’ Even As the Pandemic Rages On

[Reposted: Time]

Chicago Tribune: Extra pay for many essential workers is expiring, even as COVID-19 deaths mount. Labor groups fight to keep ‘hero pay.’

[Reposted: MSN]

NBC Portland (KGW 8): Front-line workers to lose coronavirus ‘Hero Bonus’ pay from Fred Meyer

CBS Columbus (WBNS TV 10): Kroger ending $2 an hour “hero pay” bonus for workers

Retail Wire: Should grocers keep paying their associates like heroes?

Yahoo Finance: Kroger ending coronavirus ‘hero pay’ for workers Sunday

CBS Milwaukee (WDJT 58): Kroger’s end to Hero Pay will affect thousands of grocery workers in Milwaukee area

Cincinnati Biz Journal: Kroger employees at Cincinnati store test positive for coronavirus – Cincinnati Business Courier

UFCW Mentions:

Salon: “What are you hiding?”: Nebraska stops releasing coronavirus data from meat plants after cases spike

Meat & Poultry: Plaintiffs in price-fixing case ask for judicial notice of Trump executive order

Bloomberg: Fourth USDA Inspector Dies From Virus Amid Meat Plant Outbreaks

Broadcast:

WBUR (Radio): Coronavirus Plagues America’s Meatpacking Industry

Social Media:

Human Rights Institute

Thank you @ARamasastry @UWSchoolofLaw, Alison Kiehl Friedman @theICAR, Kim Cordova @UFCW, Janhavi Dave @hnsa_2016, Aminta Ossom @Harvard_Law for a dynamic discussion on protecting workers’ rights during the crisis. Another #covid19justice event coming up:

Human Rights Program

Thank you to #RethinkingEssential #COVID19Justice panelists @ARamasastry @UWSchoolofLaw, Alison Kiehl Friedman @theICAR, Kim Cordova @UFCW_7, Janhavi Dave @hnsa_2016, Aminta Ossom @Harvard_Law for important interventions on behalf of workers’ rights

ICAR

HAPPENING NOW: “Rethinking Essential: Business, Work, and Human Rights” & COVID-19 #covid19justice:

@ARamasastry @UWSchoolofLaw

— Alison Friedman @theICAR

— Kim Cordova @UFCW_7

— Janhavi Dave @hnsa_2016

— Aminta Ossom @HarvardLawHRP

https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/155632333  p-w 200022

Gender&SexualityLaw

  • Kim Cordova: In our meat processing plant, all of the workers but one were Latino and one was Burmese. They were all over 60yo as well. This pandemic has had a detrimental impact on people in those groups. I think that has something to do with the response from these employers.

  • Kim Cordova: “The most important and critical part of the food supply chain is the workforce. You are seeing people dying in these industries, and it’s because the response by most of these employers was late or inadequate.” #covid19justice

Center for Human Rights

Today 12:10 ET #covid19justice: @ARamasastry @UWSchoolofLaw, Alison Kiehl @theICAR, Kim Cordova @UFCW_7, Janhavi Dave @hnsa_2016, Aminta Ossom @HarvardLawHRP: “Rethinking Essential: Business, Work, and HumanRights in the Covid-19 Pandemic.” https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/155632333 p-w 200022

University of Dayton Human Rights

Today 12:10 ET #covid19justice: @ARamasastry @UWSchoolofLaw, Alison Kiehl @theICAR, Kim Cordova @UFCW_7, Janhavi Dave @hnsa_2016, Aminta Ossom @HarvardLawHRP: “Rethinking Essential: Business, Work, and Human Rights in the Covid-19 Pandemic.” https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/155632333

Updated 5/13/20

Kim Cordova Mentions:

CBS Denver (CBS 4): Colorado King Soopers Union Demands To Keep ‘Hero Pay’ As Positive Cases Increase

CGTN: Coronavirus crisis shines new light on U.S. food processing plants

Kroger Mentions:

Fox News: Kroger to end ‘Hero Pay’ coronavirus bonus, as workers’ union fights back

WAVY 10: Kroger to end ‘hero pay’ for essential employees; local workers frustrated

Cincinnati Enquirer: Kroger to wind down ‘hero’ pay; union urges to keep ‘for as long as we face a global pandemic’

LA Times: Grocery stores and coffee chains gave workers hazard pay. Now they’re taking it back.

WDRB: Kroger to end ‘Hero Pay’ coronavirus bonus, as workers’ union fights back

UFCW Mentions:

Motley Fool: Workers Are Dying at Meatpacking Plants, and Investors Need to Take Note

Bloomberg: U.S. Meat-Plant Changes Signal End of the 99-Cent Chicken

[Reposted: Financial Post, Regina Leader-Post]

WFPL: ‘Will It Be Enough?’: Meatpacking Workers Fear For Safety As Coronavirus Cases Mount

Axios: “Disposable workers” doing essential jobs

LA Times: Grocery stores, coffee shops halt coronavirus hazard pay

Broadcast:

ABC (WIRC 8): Kroger’s ‘Hero Pay’ ending soon as Virginia nears reopening

Updated 5/12/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Fox Denver (KDVR 31): JBS meat plant begins testing all workers for COVID-19

Kroger Mentions:

Motley Fool: Why Kroger Is in Talks With Unions About Its Hourly Hero Bonus

CBS:  Kroger ending $2 an hour “hero pay” bonus for workers

Spokesman-Review: Grocery union seeks to extend hourly ‘hero pay’ bonus

CBS Knoxville (WVLT 8): Kroger ends $2 ‘hero pay’ bonus for employees

CBS Dallas Fort-Worth (CBS 11DFW) Kroger Grocery Stores Ending $2 An Hour “Hero Pay” Bonus For Workers

Meat & Poultry: Ag Secretary praises reopening of meatpacking plants

UFCW Mentions:

The Print: US sees Covid spread twice as fast in areas where major meatpacking plants have reopened

ABC Harrisonburg (WHSV 3): Union calls on Kroger to extend Hero Bonus ‘until the end of this crisis’

The Pig Site: Meatpacking union opposes reopening of US pork plants

Spokesman: Grocery union seeks to extend hourly ‘hero pay’ bonus

Local12: Kroger ends $2 an hour ‘hero pay’ for employees

WHSV: Union calls on Kroger to extend Hero Bonus ‘until the end of this crisis’

Broadcast:

World Today on CGTN News

KTLA (WB) – Los Angeles – KTLA 5 Morning News at 11

Social Media:

University of Dayton Human Rights 

Thurs. May 14, #covid19justice series, join @ARamasastry @UWSchoolofLaw, Alison Kiehl @theICAR, Kim Cordova @UFCW_7, Janhavi Dave @hnsa_2016, Aminta Ossom @HarvardLawHRP: “Rethinking Essential: Business, Work, and Human Rights in the Covid-19 Pandemic.” http://tinyurl.com/covid19justiceseries

Updated 5/11/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

NPR/PBS New Mexico (KRWG): How Can Meatpacking Plants Adapt To The Threat Of COVID-19?

EHN: The push to relax COVID-19 protections exposes age-old racial wounds

Reuters: As U.S. meat workers fall sick and supplies dwindle, exports to China soar

Fox Denver (KDVR 31): Daughter says ailing mom was told to return to work at JBS despite COVID-19 symptoms

Market Watch: County health chief quits after coronavirus crisis at Colorado meatpacking plant 

Bloomberg Reposts: Daily Item, Lincoln Journal Star, Columbian

Kroger Mentions:

ABC Cincinnati (WCPO 9): Kroger to end pandemic ‘hero bonus’ for workers in mid-May

Ark Times: What Kroger giveth, Kroger taketh away. No more ‘hero pay’

Biz Journal: Kroger negotiating with unions about end date for ‘hero pay’ – Cincinnati Business Courier

UFCW Mentions:

Healthline:  How You Can Help Protect the Health of Grocery Workers During COVID-19

Politico: USDA to send fatter checks to farmers – POLITICO

Radio Canada International: Another Cargill meat plant shuts down because of COVID-19

Press Citizen: West Liberty turkey plant to furlough workers due to COVID-19 fallout

Social Media:

Judd Legum

@kroger CEO Rodney McMullen is paid $12 million per year Sales at his stores are boomingMultiple Kroger workers have died of COVID-19 But, as the pandemic rages, McMullen plans to rescind its $2/hour “hero bonus” for hourly employees in six days

JamiDave Jamieson

 “Kroger will be eliminating the $2 per hour ‘hero pay’ for grocery workers on May 17, per the @UFCW. So we’re going to see these rather small hazard pay premiums start disappearing soon. I’m pretty sure there will still be a deadly virus around though.”

Judd Legum

“”Kroger-owned grocery stores across the West, including stores in Colorado, will eliminate ‘Hero Pay’ for grocery workers starting May 17.” “Hero Pay” is what Kroger called paying employees $2 more per hour https://t.co/ELDh4j31Ty

Judd Legum

@kroger’s executives are making a bet The bet is that most people won’t notice or care that they are cutting pay for hourly workers by $2 during a pandemic Why are they risking it? Reducing labor costs could earn the execs millions in bonuses

https://t.co/ZFz9EZ1qug?amp=1

UPDATE:  @Kroger tweeting this message to dozens of customers. Pretty much a non sequitur.  No actual explanation of why they need to cut pay for hourly workers in the middle of a pandemic

Updated 5/8/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

NY Mag: Workers Are No Longer Heroes, Kroger Concludes

Fox Denver (KDVR 31): Kroger plans to eliminate ‘Hero Pay’ for grocery workers, UFCW Local Unions respond

Myscoop: Kroger Plans To Abolish ‘hero Pay’ For Food Workers, Ufcw Local Associations Respond

NBC News: These are the most dangerous jobs you can have in the age of coronavirus

CBS Denver: Kroger Plans To End $2/Hour ‘Hero Pay’ Increase May 17

Colorado Sun: Colorado’s governor says state can still shut meatpacking plants down as union calls for protections

UCSUSA: The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds

Univision: Empleada de una planta procesadora de carne lucha por su vida conectada a un respirador artificial

CBS 4 Denver: Family Says JBS Worker With Coronavirus Went To Work With Symptoms After Negative Test

NBC Kennewick  (KNDO 23):  Unions Push Back on Kroger Notice to Eliminate Hero Pay

Seattle Times: Supermarket chains begin terminating ‘hero’ pay to workers during pandemic

CBS Denver: Kroger Plans To End $2/Hour ‘Hero Pay’ Increase May 17

Patriot LA: Kroger to Eliminate `Hero Pay’ Bonus for Employees Working During Pandemic

Fox Phoenix (Fox 10): Kroger to discontinue ‘Hero Pay’ bonus for employees working during pandemic

The Skanner:  Unions Call On Kroger To Cease Plans To Eliminate Hero Pay For Essential Workers

Denver Post: Two JBS Greeley employees say they were fired after staying home sick during coronavirus pandemic

Loveland Reporter Herald: Two JBS Greeley Employees Say they were fired after staying home sick during coronavirus pandemic

Daily Camera: Two JBS Greeley employees say they were fired after staying home sick during coronavirus pandemic

Broadcast:

5/8/2020

CNN – Brooke Baldwin

CNN New Day – Tammy and Ann Day

5/7/2020

NBC –  NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

CBS Evening News

Social:

CNN Newsroom – Brooke Baldwin

“Companies have treated them — and our own President is treating them — as disposable objects, and they’re not.” Kim Cordova, president of a union that represents 30,000 meat-plant workers, says that employees need protection and paid sick leave. https://cnn.it/3du4FEG

CNN

“Companies have treated them — and our own President is treating them — as disposable objects, and they’re not.” Kim Cordova, president of a union that represents 30,000 meat-plant workers, says that employees need protection and paid sick leave. http://cnn.it/3du4FEG

Updated 5/7/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Food & Wine:Is Meat Essential? Why Keeping America’s Processing Plants Open Is Causing Controversy

Westword: COVID-19: Rachel Maddow Crushes Greeley’s JBS Plant After 7th Death

KQ2: Restaurant Owners Attributing Price Increases On Meat To Drop In Labor At Meat Processing Plants

Food and Wine: America’s Meat Factories Deal With Outbreaks and Closures While the Government Demands a Return to Normal

Occupational Health and Safety: Businesses Begin to Open, and So Do Worker Safety Lawsuits

La Oferta: COVID-19 deaths, infections and absenteeism rise in Colorado refrigerator

Fox31 Denver: State attorneys general ask Justice Department to investigate meat prices

Telemundo Denver: Continúan muertes por COVID-19 en la procesadora de carnes JBS de Greeley

UFCW Mentions:

The New York Times: Opinion  If Trump Wants Meat Plants Open, He Should Protect Their Workers

Hot Air: It’s Time: Tyson Reopens Meat Processing Plant In Iowa

JBS Mentions:

Wired: Why Meatpacking Plants Have Become Covid-19 Hot Spots

CBS Denver: Family Says JBS Worker With Coronavirus Went To Work With Symptoms After Negative Test

Broadcast:

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC 

CNN – Poppy Harlow

CNN – Brooke Baldwin

Updated 5/6/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Westwood: Customer Masks Required at Denver Grocery Stores Starting Today

Bloomberg Law: U.S. Meat Workers Are Quitting as Virus-Ridden Plants Reopen

Bloomberg Reposts: Insurance Journal, Detroit News, Boston Globe

Westworld: Customer Masks Required at Denver Grocery Stores Starting Today

Fortune: Meat processing plants are reopening, but not all workers are returning

NPR: As Businesses Reopen, A Fight Is Brewing Over Worker Safety Lawsuits

NPR Reposts: WGBH

Business Insider: The more you come to work the more exposure you have’: A work-while-sick culture leaves meat-plant employees fearing for their lives during the pandemic

UFCW/JBS Mentions:

The Denver Channel: JBS meatpacking plant has top COVID-19 infection total in Colorado with 287 cases, 7 deaths

Broadcast:

Background Briefing

National Public Radio – Morning Edition

Social:

Ian Masters (@ianmastersmedia)

Kim Cordova @UFCW_7  – Forcing Workers to Choose Between a Paycheck and a Death Sentence

https://soundcloud.com/user-830442635/forcing-workers-to-choose-between-a-paycheck-and-a-death-sentence

Updated 5/5/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

WSJ: Liability Shield Is Next Coronavirus Aid Battle in Congress

Gephardt Daily: Meat shortage: Costco, Kroger, others limit fresh meat purchases at stores

UFCW Mentions:

Fast Company: Grocery store workers keep getting COVID-19, but have to fight their companies to pay for testing

Colorado Times Recorder: Cory Gardner Boasts He & Vice President Got COVID-19 Tests for Meatpacking Plant. But Workers Never Got Tested

Richmond News: Anti-virus measures in place at Richmond’s food-packing operations

Los Feliz Ledger: Ralphs Rolls Out Mass Testing After Employee Protest

Colorado Politics: Polis releases list of community-based testing sites; more to be made available

Colorado Politics: Congressional delegation raises concerns about meat supply chain as industry offers reassurances

CPR: Colorado COVID-19 Progress Update As Stay-Home, Safer At Home Orders Change Rules For Residents Often: Keep It Up, Polis Says

9 News: Polis announces map tool to help find coronavirus testing sites in Colorado

Broadcast:

MSNBC – Stephanie Ruhle – Governor Polis

MSNBC – The Rachel Maddow Show

Updated 5/4/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Pig Site: US supermarket chain establishes purchase limits on pork during COVID-19 supply disruptions

Daily Mail: Costco limits number of beef, poultry and pork products customers can buy as meat supplies are on track to hit historic lows

Arkansas Online: CDC cites dangers at meat plants

UFCW Mentions:

The Hill: US’s largest supermarket chain to limit ground beef and fresh pork purchases

Associated Press: Meatpackers cautiously reopen plants amid coronavirus fears

Colorado Politics: Denver City Council to demand Colorado meat-packing industry improve workers’ safety

Colorado Public Radio:  We’re Not Heroes; We’re Sacrificial.’ Workers Carry The Burden Of Colorado’s Food Supply Chain

AP: Colorado Cattle Ranchers Hurt by Economic Effects of Virus

LA Times: Editorial: Trump’s meat supply fix is a recipe for coronavirus disaster

Fox Business: US beef output tumbles as meat plants prepare to reopen

Colorado Politics: Mayor Hancock to announce Tuesday a road map for recovery once lockdown lifts later this week

Patch.com: Face Coverings Are Mandatory In Denver From May 6

Broadcast:

NEWSCHANNEL 13 @ Noon on KRDO (ABC)

Good Morning Colorado on KRDO (ABC)

GMC on KRDO (ABC)

Dateline Extra on MSNBC

WTOP-DC (Radio)

Updated 5/1/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Mother Jones: “The Workers Are Being Sacrificed”: As Cases Mounted, Meatpacker JBS Kept People on Crowded Factory Floors

Bloomberg: CDC Cites Limited Distancing at Meat Plants With Thousands Sick

Newsweek: Coronavirus Cases At Colorado Meatpacking Plant More Than Double After It Reopens

Reuters: Confirmed coronavirus cases surge in reopened JBS Colorado beef plant; worker dies: union

CNBC: Coronavirus: China’s Hubei, where virus first emerged, to relax lockdown measures

Food & Environment Reporting Network: ‘The workers are being sacrificed’: As cases mounted, meatpacker JBS kept people on crowded factory floors

UFCW Mentions:

Motley Fool: Trump Uses Defense Production Act to Keep Meatpackers Open. What Should Investors Think?

Greeley Tribune: Weld Health Dept: JBS employees won’t all get tested after all, as Trump requires meat processing to stay open

Fox Denver (KDVR): UFCW urges USDA and White House to protect meatpacking workers and America’s food supply

The Guardian: Why is Trump insisting that meat-packing plants stay open despite risks?

NBC News: UFCW president comments on potential break in food supply chain

Tennessean: Meat shortages expected as coronavirus disrupts production, despite executive order

Meat Packing Mentions:

KHN: At One Meat-Packing Plant In Colorado, Coronavirus Cases Doubled ‘In Number Of Days’

May 1, 2020

The union for workers at the JBS meat-processing plant also announced another employee died. The meat industry has emerged as a virus hot spot across the country, but with President Donald Trump’s executive order for them to stay open, employees are left with the choice between quitting or putting themselves at risk for infection. Meanwhile, Amazon extends its stay-at-home directive for workers who are able to do so — calling into question how the company plans to keep warehouse workers safe.

Broadcast:

3PM

WBUR (Radio) at 5/1/2020 4:25:09 PM

9AM

CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto on CNN

Social:

Ash Kalra (@Ash_Kalra):

“They somehow think we don’t have a constitutional right to advocate for our workers,” said Kim Cordova, President of ⁦ @UFCWlocal7. The Administration is overriding health officials & clamping down on unions to limit food safety & worker protections.  April 30, 2020

Frank King (@FrankPKing):

JBS threatened legal action against the union. Five workers there have died of the virus. “They somehow think we don’t have a constitutional right to advocate for our workers,” said Kim Cordova, president of Local 7 of the United Food & Commercial Workers.

Updated 4/30/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

The Denver Post: Sixth JBS Worker Dies Amid Coronavirus Outbreak at Meat Plant

Boulder Weekly: Why are meatpacking plant employees in Colorado dying of COVID-19?

CBS 4 Denver: Worries Grow At JBS Following Trump’s Order To Keep Plants Open

AP: Trump order keeping meat packing plants open worries unions

Latino USA: Trump Orders Meat And Poultry Plants To Remain Open Despite Growing Threat Of COVID-19 Infections

Times Call: Trump orders meatpackers to reopen, drawing fire from JBS’ Greeley union

Canon City Daily Record: Sixth JBS Greeley worker dies amid coronavirus outbreak at beef plant

CNN Live Updates: Coronavirus pandemic in the US

The Hill: Lawmakers, union leaders call for increased safety measures in meat plants

WJLA: Md. poultry plant COVID-19 outbreak: A look at what it could mean for your chicken supply

Payday Report: After 5 Workers Die, JBS Threatens to Sue UFCW – Greensboro Transit Workers Strike – Truckers Strike Could Be Next?

Peoples World: Trump orders workers back into dangerous meat plants

Morning Sun: Trump signs order to keep meatpacking plants open, but union demands governors follow industry-wide safety measures

Daily Press: Trump order should boost access to masks, tests, Smithfield says

Executive Order Mentions:

USA Today: Meat shortages expected as coronavirus disrupts production, despite executive order

Morning Call: President Trump’s order about productivity, not safety at meat processing plants, labor officials say

Chicago Tribune: ‘I’d rather starve’: Workers questions President Trump’s executive order keeping meat packing plants open

PBS: Trump wants to keep meat processing plants open. Is that safe?

Broadcast:

9AM

Spectrum News on Spectrum News Central New York

Spectrum News Central New York

 6AM

MyTV – 9News at 6am on KTVD

NBC – Early Today

5AM

NBC – Early Today on KYMA

Social:

Marc Sallinger

NEW: A 6th JBS employee has died, according to the president of the union representing workers there. Kim Cordova says the man had worked at the plant since 1989 and would have been 66 in July. #9News

ABC 7 News Denver

A sixth worker at the JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley has died of COVID-19, the UFCW Local 7 union confirmed today. The plant is among the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the state. bit.ly/3aOmE6R

Updated 4/29/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

NPR: As Meat Workers Get Sick, An Executive Order Keeps Plants Open

Washington Post: Trump orders meat plants to stay open in pandemic

The Hill: Meat and poultry industry groups applaud Trump for keeping processing plants open

Financial Times: Trump to order meat processing plants to stay open

Washington Post: Trump to order meat plants to stay open in pandemic, person familiar with action says

Tests for Meatpacking Plant. But Workers Never Got Tested

9News: JBS sends cease-and-desist letter to union citing negative media attention

Associated Press: Trump orders meat processing plants to remain open

AP Repost: WHIO TV, WFTV9, KATU, Baltimore Sun, Fox43, NY Times, The Brookings Register, Loveland Reporter Register, Fox13 Memphis, Sentinel & Enterprise,

Southern Standard: Pandemic job actions offer hope for renewed labor movement

The Nation: Meatpacking Plants Are a Front in the Covid-19 Class War

UFCW Mentions:

The Hill: More than half of coronavirus cases in South Dakota involve people of color

Supermarket News: UFCW: More than 5,000 food industry employees not at work due to coronavirus

WLFI: UFCW LOCAL 700 RELEASES STATEMENT ON TYSON FACILITY CLOSURE

The Morning Sun: Dodge City meatpacking plants beef up protocols; Ford County maintains high recovery rate

9News: President orders meat packing plants to stay open, workers union cries foul

Executive Order Mentions:

Bloomberg article repost: Midland Reporter-Telegram, Yahoo Finance, My San Antonio

Bloomberg: Trump Orders Meat Plants to Stay Open in Move Slammed by Union

Bloomberg article repost: Investing.com, Bloomberg Quint, Plant Services. Sentinel Source, Bakersfield Current.,

Forbes: Trump Says Meat Plants Are ‘Critical Infrastructure,’ Signs Executive Order To Keep Them Open

NasDaq: Brazil’s JBS praises Trump order to keep meat plants open

Politico: Trump orders meat plants to stay open as worker deaths rise

NY Magazine: Trump Is Ready to Let Tyson Foods Work People to Death

Charlotte Observer: Trump says he’ll order meatpacking plants to stay open despite coronavirus outbreaks

WHTC: Trump orders U.S. meat-processing plants to stay open despite coronavirus fears

Broadcast:

3PM

CNN – Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

MSNBC – Ali Velshi

12PM

MSNBC – Andrea Mitchell

11AM

MSNBC Live With Craig Melvin on MSNBC

CNN – CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

10AM

1A – National Public Radio

Clip 1 (Intro, worker rights)

Clip 2 (Executive Order)

Clip 3 (JBS cease and desist letter)

CapRadio – NPR Repost

9AM

KTVD (MyTV) 9 News at 9am

8AM

KTVD (MyTV) 9 News at 8am

7AM

KTVD (MyTV) 9 News at 7am

6AM

KTVD (MyTV) 9 News at 6am

NBC Denver (KUSA) – KUSA 9News at 6am

5AM

Univision Denver (KCEC) Univision Denver Morning Newscast

9News at 5am on KTVD (MyTV)

2AM

A Little Late With Lilly Singh on KUSA-DEN (NBC)

10PM

NBC Denver (KUSA) – KUSA 9News at 10pm

Social Media:

MSNBC

“Without the plant-wide testing, workers are very scared.”

Kim Cordova, president of United Foods and Commerce Workers Local 7, shares the concerns of workers at a meat processing plant in Colorado where 5 employees have already died from COVID-19.

Liz Borkowski

“If these workers are essential, protect them. They are treating workers like fungible widgets instead of human beings.” Local @UFCW president Kim Cordova is justifiably incensed at Trump’s appalling announcement — which he made on #WorkersMemorialDay.

Kyle Clark

NEW: Union leader at Colorado meat plant where five workers died condemns President Trump’s order to keep plants running. “This is not the Middle Ages,” said Kim Cordova. ”Workers are not serfs—toiling at the whim of the management lords of the manor.” #9News #COVID19colorado

1A

We’re live, talking about COVID-19 inside meat packing plants. @AgAmyInAmes, @jammonroe and Kim Cordova of Colorado’s @UFCW join us.@CelesteHeadlee hosts.

The Nation

Meatpacking Plants Are a Front in the Covid-19 Class War

Updated 4/28/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Food Dive: Meatpacking workers wonder whether job is a ‘death sentence’ amid outbreaks

Meat and Poultry: JBS issues cease-and-desist letter to union

Food Safety News: Mood turns sour as meat and poultry industry tries to keep production up with demand

UFCW Mentions:

Mass Live: Amid coronavirus pandemic, Stop & Shop and UFCW union call for grocery staff to be designated as first responders or emergency personnel

WWLP:Stop and Shop, UFCW calling on government to classify grocery workers as first responders

NBC Boston: Stop & Shop, Union Call for Grocery Workers to Be Classified as First Responders

Law 360: Stop & Shop Seeks ‘Emergency’ Designation For Grocery Staff

National Broadcast:

MSNBC – The Rachel Maddow Show

Local Broadcast:

NBC10 Today on KTVE (NBC)

6 News at Sunrise on KRIS (NBC)

CORONAVIRUS on KZTV (CBS)

Good Morning Region 8 at 6AM on KAIT (ABC)

NBC10 Today on KTVE (NBC)

LOCAL 15 Today on WPMI (NBC)

6 News at Sunrise on KRIS (NBC)

Updated 4/27/2020

Kim Cordova Mentions:

Washington Post: Colorado, Texas ease restrictions on businesses put in place for coronavirus

The Denver Channel: JBS sends cease-and-desist letter to union over media comments amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Denver Post: Fifth local JBS employee dies from coronavirus as union, company trade shots

Westword: COVID-19: Colorado v. Weld County War Over Virus Rules Escalates

Fox31 Denver: Fifth Greeley meat plant employee dies from COVID-19, union receives Cease and Desist letter from JBS

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Telemundo: La pandemia de COVID-19 sigue cobrándose más vidas de inmigrantes en las procesadores de carne

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SI Live: Coronavirus: Call for supermarket workers to be classified ‘extended first responders’

The Hill: Coronavirus outbreaks triggers call for more protections for meat plant workers

The Pulse: Food Workers Say CDC Guidelines Put Them at Greater Risk for Infection

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The Washington Post: OSHA releases guidance to keep meatpacking workers safe amid surging cases, food supply fears

CNN: Meat processing plants across the US are closing due to the pandemic. Will consumers feel the impact?

NBC Boston: Which States Are Reopening? Here’s Where Coronavirus Lockdowns Stand

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NBC Nightly News: Tyson Foods warns ‘the food supply chain is breaking’ amid coronavirus pandemic

We understand the critical job that they do, but they did not sign up for this, they signed up to process meat.

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At a press conference, Governor Polis said he was working closely with the union and JBS on their reopening. The union president, Kim Cordova, says otherwise, “We think they’re rushing to open that plant. There is a lack of transparency, there is so much confusion. These workers have been promised testing. that never happened.”

Claudia Cragg

Kim Cordova, President of UFCW Local 7 Greeley on the JBS Beef Plant and COVID19

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Kim Cordova, President of UFCW Local 7, which represents 3,000 workers at the JBS meat processing plant in Greeley, says the union received a Cease and Desist letter

Claudia Cragg

Talking w Kim Cordova, President #UFCW Local 7, representing 3,000 workers at #JBS #meatprocessing plant in #Greeley, #Colorado, received a Cease and Desist letter from JBS for the #union efforts in ensuring #workplacesafety during the #COVID19 #pandemic.

Eric Budd

insanity: “About 1,600 employees will return Friday and Saturday, and about 3,000 on Monday”

“some workers this week said they don’t feel safe returning, in part because the majority of employees have not been tested for the novel coronavirus”

“They’re just going to reopen and they’re giving my workers a death sentence said Kim Cordova, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7″

Donna Shroyer

Kim Cordova, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 7, responded in a letter accusing the company of “threatening to stifle our voice” of the union and its members.