Nevada AG Ford joins call for stronger protection for meat and poultry plant workers

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford joined 19 other states in calling on President Trump to take action to ensure the health and safety of meat and poultry processing plant employees.

President Trump signed an executive order in late April to keep the plants open.

Some meat and poultry facilities have seen a high number of positive COVID-19 cases.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, over 10,000 cases have been tied to the plants. 45 workers have died.

“During this pandemic, lives are on the line, and no life is more valuable than another,” said AG Ford. “While I recognize the immediate need for meat and poultry and other essential items, the Trump Administration should provide protective equipment and encourage every precaution to keep our workers safe and healthy.”

The group of 19 states is urging the President to provide testing for workers, immediate access to PPE, the suspension of all line speed waivers and a halt to the approval of any additional waivers, six-foot social distancing, plexiglass barriers, and full pay for isolated or quarantines workers.

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