Michigan sets new standards for meat processors

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued an executive order laying out more guidelines and safety standards for meatpacking and poultry processing plants in Michigan.
calendar icon 16 July 2020
clock icon 5 minute read

In the order, Whitmer cited a CDC report on novel coronavirus cases at meat and poultry processing facilities across the US.

John Cakmakci, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 951 president, applauded the new rules.

He said the employers the UFCW has under contract have probably been following those guidelines since Day 1. Local 951 represents workers at a JBS meat processing plant in Plainwell as well as Meijer grocery workers.

"I do think it's important whether you are union or non-union, it doesn't matter. Everyone should be safe and insist upon on a safe working environment," Cakmakci said. " I think this will go a long way in protecting those employees that don't have a union to speak for them to make sure that this is getting done."

Cakmakci said since the pandemic began the union has received plenty of calls from non-union plants.
"They are calling us for a reason, and it isn't because they are being overly protective at their plants," he said. "Clearly, they are not feeling safe themselves."

Read the full story in the Battle Creek Enquirer.

In the order, Whitmer cited a CDC report on novel coronavirus cases at meat and poultry processing facilities across the US.

John Cakmakci, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 951 president, applauded the new rules.

He said the employers the UFCW has under contract have probably been following those guidelines since Day 1. Local 951 represents workers at a JBS meat processing plant in Plainwell as well as Meijer grocery workers.

"I do think it's important whether you are union or non-union, it doesn't matter. Everyone should be safe and insist upon on a safe working environment," Cakmakci said. " I think this will go a long way in protecting those employees that don't have a union to speak for them to make sure that this is getting done."

Cakmakci said since the pandemic began the union has received plenty of calls from non-union plants.
"They are calling us for a reason, and it isn't because they are being overly protective at their plants," he said. "Clearly, they are not feeling safe themselves."

Read the full story in the Battle Creek Enquirer.

© 2000 - 2024 - Global Ag Media. All Rights Reserved | No part of this site may be reproduced without permission.