UFCW Local 700 releases statement on Tyson facility closure

The UFCW Local 700 released a statement Tuesday afternoon in regards to the closure of the Tyson Foods facility in Logansport.

Posted: Apr 28, 2020 6:00 PM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — The UFCW Local 700 released a statement Tuesday afternoon in regards to the closure of the Tyson Foods facility in Logansport.

The statement is below:

Nearly 14,000 members of UFCW Local 700 are hard at work on the front lines of this crisis – in grocery stores and food processing plants across Indiana. Our members are working tirelessly to help families in our communities get the essential food and supplies they need. We must protect our food supply, and they are vital to supporting that mission. We’re working to ensure that food workers have the resources and job protections they need.

The Tyson plant in Logansport is closing temporarily. The company is working with the union and with health officials to ensure that when the plant reopens that it is done in a manner that is safe for workers in the plant and for the people living in our communities. In the case of workers who test positive for COVID-19, the company is continuing to follow the guidelines established by the CDC, and State and local Boards of Health. 

UFCW Local 700 President Joe Chorpenning also sounded off on the closure.

“Our members work hard every day to make sure people in our community have the food they need,” said Chorpenning. “We’re working with the company to keep our members as safe as possible when they are on the job and fighting to ensure they continue to be paid so they can support their families while the plant is closed.”

Together, UFCW Local 700 and Tyson said they have implemented additional safety measures including social distancing and restricted access; temperature checks; modified time off policies; facial coverings; additional sanitation procedures; and improved worker communication."

As News 18 previously reported, the plant voluntarily closed last Wednesday.

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