A group of activists vandalized the road outside Jeff Bezos & # 39; s $ 23 million home in Washington DC, demanding better coronavirus protection for Amazon workers.
Protest scrapers & # 39; Protect Amazon Workers & # 39; in giant red, yellow and white paint in the middle of a street, with the hashtag & # 39; # ForUsNotAmazon & # 39; next.
The enormous graffiti, which stretched across the width of the road, painted Amazon employees with protective face masks.
It took about an hour to create a mural on Wednesday that called on workers at the online retailer to receive more personal protective equipment (PPE).
A message portrayed by activists on the street outside one of Amazon personal founder Jeff Bezos's residence in Washington DC yesterday
Lauren Sanchez and Amazon Founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, at the Amazon Prime Video Celebration in Mumbai, India, in January
Large graffiti depicted by Amazon employees wearing protective face masks was on the road outside the Jeff Bezos Washington home on Wednesday
What do Amazon workers need?
Employers at Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target and FedEx are looking for better health and safety standards as well as paying danger to work during the pandemic.
The coalition of union-backed workers demands:
– Compensation used for all unpaid time off since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis in March
– Danger pay as sick leave paid for the duration of the pandemic
– Protective equipment and any cleaning supplies that should always be provided by the company and a
– & # 39; Full Business Transparency & # 39; about the number of cases in facilities
Police were at the scene but kept their distance from & # 39; group of nine protesters, said to be & # 39; e Shutdown DC climate movement and Virginia immigration group, La ColectiVA.
It is not known if Bezos or Sanchez were at the time of their stay, but there was & # 39; no movement & # 39; seen from his home.
On Tuesday, workers at Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target and FedEx appeared in search of better health and safety standards as a danger of paying for work during the pandemic.
They are planning a joint walk to protest companies saying they have ignored the health and safety of essential workers while earning record profits.
According to the latest figures, the stock market of no company has benefited more from the & # 39; pandemic than Amazon & # 39; s.
The market capitalization of & # 39; s online retailer and cloud computing heavyweight has added more than $ 90 billion to record levels since mid-February, adding $ 5 billion to the fortune of & # 39; e founder and CEO.
The combined wealth of & # 39; billionaires of & # 39; e America, including Bezos and Tesla chief Elon Musk, increased nearly 10 percent during the ongoing crisis, according to a report published last week by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).
According to the IPS report, eight billionaires, including Bezos, saw a $ 1 billion jump in their total net worth.
Since the emergence of the virus, Amazon has seen an increasing number of warehouse workers confirmed with the disease confirmed, with at least 153 cases across at least 130 warehouses worldwide.
Last month, Gerard Tuzara became the first known employee from Amazon to die of coronavirus.
The 35-year-old Air Force veteran, who worked as an operations manager at Amazon's Hawthorne facility near LAX Airport, is believed to have died on March 31.
Nine activists from the Shutdown DC climate movement and Virginia immigration group La ColectiVA made the protest drawing
Amazon founder bought the $ 23million Washington mansion that has undergone more than three years of renovations and construction and in & # 39; rich Kalorama district of & # 39; the city is located
The protest came amid growing concern for Amazon workers and their level of protection during the coronavirus pandemic
He fell ill a week after a vacation in Mexico when he began to experience flu-like symptoms and was hospitalized.
Earlier this month, Amazon fired three more employees who did not speak out about the company's pandemic working conditions. There were also threats of a string of walkouts over the lack of virus measures in the US and Europe.
Since March 15, Amazon persecution centers in Italy, Spain and France have seen strikes, walkouts and protests demanding greater security measures for workers.
A number of contract staff that finishes Amazon & # 39; s Fulfillment Center in Darlington, County Durham, struck & # 39; unacceptable and unsafe & # 39; conditions on & # 39; e site.
Amazon strongly objected that there had been a walkout on & # 39; site after the allegations.
Bashir Mohamed was released from a plant in Minnesota where he worked for three years and designers Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, both critics of & # 39; an & # 39; online retail giant's working conditions in & # 39; e nasal virus pandemics were also unleashed.
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared seemed to be in love when they walked hand in hand from Alfafa Dinner at a big welcome party at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos & # 39; home in Washington DC in January
Bezos rubbed shoulders with his political friends who invite Senator Mitt Romney to the party with his wife Ann at his Washington home
Actor Ben Stiller, that guest was with sen. Mitt romney at dinner, was seen in good spirits who did not arrive at the upscale inn in January
Microsoft founder and fellow tech genius Bill Gates was spotted at the elegant affair to welcome Bezos to Washington DC society earlier this year
Mohamed said he had warned colleagues & # 39; s about the virus and called on management to increase cleanup Amazon is & # 39; deepening on deep cleaning & # 39 ;, it said in recent statements.
The layoffs came just two weeks after the company dismissed another employee, Christian Smalls, of health and safety concerns for people who did not work through the outbreak.
Amazon claimed Smalls came to their Staten Island warehouse for a demonstration in violation of his paid quarantine.
In statements, Cunningham said she believed Amazon could play a strong role during the crisis, but to do that, & # 39; we really need to listen to the workers who & # 39; t & # 39; e front, that does not feel sufficiently protected & # 39 ;.
Costa said in her statement, & # 39; No company should punish its employees for taking care of each other, especially during a pandemic! & # 39;
Public pressure on Amazon put on then five Democratic senators wrote to Bezos demanding an explanation for what happened to the escaped warehouse worker.
Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted: & # 39; Instead of dismissing employees who want justice, Jeff Bezos – the richest man in the & # 39; e world – focus on providing its workers with paid sick leave, a safe workplace and a viable planet. & # 39;
This diagram of the Bezos property shows the building and gardens that were described as & # 39; beautiful & # 39; and & # 39; amazement & # 39; by those who haven't seen them
Amazon employees hold a protest and walkout about conditions at the & # 39; Staten Island distribution facility & # 39; late last month in New York City
New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office wrote in a letter to Amazon last week, said the company may have violated security measures and labor practices amid the & # 39; s pandemic by shooting the & # 39; a protest from & # 39; warehouse last month.
In March, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he had commissioned the city's Human Committee to open an investigation into Smalls's dismissal.
The majority of Amazon's # H workers at Amazon now work from home, but hourly contractors such as receptionists, payers and security personnel still had to sign up for headquarters work. Some workers signed a petition to have the building closed.
In March, a walk was held at the Staten Island company with up to 50 workers striking.
The company has tried to address concerns by employees, such as a promise to increase facility cleaning protocols and maintain social distance for those who can't work from home.
Meat plant workers say they will refuse to work back to Trump's executive order to keep them open – because of fears of a food shortage amid warnings, the FS & # 39; dangerously close to the edge & # 39; 39;
ByMarlene Lenthang For Dailymail.comand Alice Cachia For Mailonline
Meat workers threaten that they will not return to work despite President Donald Trump's demand that plants remain open amid fears over the nation's food ban.
Their refusal comes after Trump used the Defense Production Act to classify meat processing plants as critical infrastructure.
He commissioned a bid to eliminate the shortage of chicken, pork and other meats amid widespread plant closure across the country, when stores nationwide joked with empty shelves amid a huge road in ; e production.
However, many employees claim that the order puts their lives at risk because of unsafe conditions, a lack of protective equipment and outbreaks that do not lead to the nation's three largest facilities.
A worker at Smithfields Food in Crete, Nebraska is protesting outside the factory and demanding protective clothing. Many employees claim that Trump's order puts their lives at risk because of unsafe conditions and a lack of protective equipment
Close to low rack meat due to an increase in demand and growing meat shortages, at Costco in Commack, New York
The United Union and Food Workers International Union on Tuesday estimated that 20 workers of meat packets and food processing have died of the virus and some 6500 are ill or have been injured by the work surface.
The union, which represents 1.3 million million food and retail workers, says at least 13 processing plants have been closed in the past two months.
The closures mean that the killing of pork is 25 percent and the slaughter capacity of beef is reduced by 10 percent.
Trump signed the measure after companies like Tyson Foods considered keeping just 20 percent of their facilities. Such a move would have reduced the processing capacity of the country by 80 percent.
On Sunday, a letter from the & # 39; president of & # 39; a John Tyson company published in three American papers that warned American groceries to have a low supply of meat until plants returned.
Racks are empty where turkey is sold at Western Beef market in Mineola, New York
He wrote: & # 39; If pork, beef and chicken plants are forced to close, even for short periods, millions of pounds of meat will disappear from & # 39; a supply chain & # 39 ;.
And workers' threats come as meat prices rise to a record high, plunging the US meat industry deeper into crisis and leaving shelves nationwide low.
Latest figures from the US Department of Agriculture show that native American meat now costs a whopping $ 357.38 per 100 pounds. That's a record high, up 75 percent from a low in February.
While some praised the president's attempt to preserve the meat supply chains, others blamed the president for trying meat production instead of medical supplies.
& # 39; Everything is on & # 39; a table, & # 39; told Kooper Caraway, president of & # 39; a local arm of the AFL-CIO in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to BloombergLaw.
The union represents employees at Smithfield Foods Inc.'s closing pork. He declined to comment on specific actions that would be considered.
& # 39; If the intention is to make sure that production does not slow down too much, this is a short-term measure that will delay production more than it would have, & # 39; said Caraway.
The International Food and Commercial Workers International Union condemned Trump's order, saying it puts workers at risk. They estimate on Tuesday that 20 meat packing and food processing workers died on COVID-19
Trump has used the Defense Production Act to classify meat processing plants as critical infrastructure in a bid to avoid the shortage of chicken, pork and other meat, because plants in the country have been closed because of COBID-19 outbreaks among employees. Above are racks low where turkey is sold at Western Beef Market in Mineola, New York
Propagation of coronavirus excludes meat plants
Some of the facilities that have closed or reduced production as coronavirus spreads:
JBS USA said it would close a pork plant in Worthington, Minnesota, that processes 20,000 hogs a day.
JBS is closing a beer plant in Greeley, Colorado, until April 24.
Smithfield Foods is closing in on a Sioux Falls, South Dakota plant that produces about 4% to 5% of American pork.
Smithfield also shredded two plants in Wisconsin and Missouri that process bacon and ham.
Tyson Foods Inc is closing a hog slaughterhouse in Columbus Junction, Iowa. It has since reopened
National Beef Packing Co. has stopped cattle slaughter at an Iowa Premium beef factory in Tama, Iowa
National Beef said it is continuing operations at a meat plant in Dodge City, Kansas for cleaning and installing stainless steel partitions
Aurora Packing Company closed a meat plant temporarily in Aurora, Illinois
JBS closes a beef factory in Souderton, Pennsylvania. It opened on April 20 again
Cargill concludes a plant in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, that produces meat for American groceries
The health department in Ogle County, Illinois, on April 17 ordered a Rochelle Foods plant owned by Hormel Foods Corp to close for two weeks
Hormel-owned Alma Foods stopped production at a plant in Kansas until May 4
Sanderson Farms Inc. reduced chicken production to 1 million birds in a week of 1.3 million at a plant in Moultrie, Georgia.
& # 39; They just don't have the workforce to fully service the plant at the moment. Except if the president will use the army to help the plant serve, I really don't know what he expects the plant to do. & # 39;
People have flocked to social media to voice their concerns about the US food ban.
One user said causing a & # 39; massive food shortage will bring more protesters, robbers and hoarders & # 39; and another said that closing plants & # 39; a real food crisis & # 39; would cause.
Trump's assignment was not unfair. Kenfield Sullivan, CEO of Smithfield, warned that the increasing number of plant closures & # 39; would push our country close to the edge in terms of our meat ban & # 39 ;.
In total, the U.S. has about 2,700 slaughterhouses, of which 800 are federally inspected.
In response to & # 39; order of & # 39; e president, pork supplier Smithfield said they & # 39; are following next steps to open their currently closed facilities and will make announcements when it is ready to resume operations at any location. & # 39;
& # 39; We can tell you that our top priority remains the safety (of) our team members and plant communities as we work to continue to fulfill our role of feeding families in the country, & # 39; said Tyson Foods spokesman Gary Mickelson.
But many meat plant employees have expressed anger about the order.
& # 39; All I know is this is crazy for me, because I & # 39; m not able to get all these people back in & # 39; show work, "said Donald, who works at Tyson's Waterloo, Iowa's facility against CNN. & # 39; I don't think people will go back there. & # 39;
Donald, who was identified only by his first name, said he is currently recovering from COVID-19 following a devastating outbreak at the facility that did not see at least 180 workers infected, leaving the plant at 22 April was closed.
& # 39; I'm still trying to figure out: What will he do, force them to stay open? Forcing people to go to work? & # 39; Said Donald.
Another worker at the Waterloo, Iowa facility said they supported Trump's measure, but wanted a better understanding of Trump's promised protection.
& # 39; Everything can be all right if you do well. But my belief in this administration has never been strong and does not exist at the moment. I want to know what this added & # 39; liability protection & # 39; will be, & # 39; said the person.
An employee at the Tyson, Iowa manufacturer said, & # 39; I just don't know how & # 39; they will do it when people die and get really sick. Who has to say that people even look at work? & # 39;
A Smithfield pork factory in Monmouth, Illinois, closed to & # 39; t a & # 39; small portion & # 39; of its 1,700 employees caught the virus, but officials say they can't follow the president's order if workers are still sick.
As of Wednesday, hot meat costs $ 357.38 for every 100 pounds
Smithfield food in Crete, Nebraska: Meat workers threaten not to return to work despite President Donald Trump's demand that plants remain open
Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Protesters stand outside the closed Smithfield Foods pork mill after it closed due to coronavirus cases among employees in on April 17
Crete, Nebraska: People have flocked to social media to voice concerns about the US food ban
Mayor Rod Davies of Monmouth said to & # 39; the Chicago Tribune: & # 39; I certainly appreciate what the president is trying to do, but it will be a difficult challenge to do so if we have a certain number of people who are ill and people around those who are not. & # 39;
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has condemned the & # 39; s mandate and said it puts workers at risk.
In response to plant outbreaks, large meat processors such as Smithfield, Tyson and others say they have implemented social distance measures, temperature controls and plexiglass to keep workers safe, but workers say it is not enough.
Three of the country's largest processing plants – Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, JBS pork processing in Worthington, Minnesota and Tyson Fresh Foods in Waterloo, Iowa, have been shut down. Together, they account for 15 percent of pork production.
JBS said in a statement obtained by the Washington Post that they paid Rodriguez during his sick leave, beginning March 21. The company did not comment on its statement about continuing to work on & # 39; the previous day, & # 39; he was asked, but a company spokesman said that & # 39; no one is forced to work to come and no one is punished for absence for health reasons & # 39; (file photo)
How a JBS beef manufacturer caught the virus, but was forced to work and exposed hundreds of its peers
The JBS beef processing facility in Greeley, Colorado – which slaughters 5,400 head of cattle per day – has seen more than 100 workers infected with coronavirus, leading to four deaths.
Sergio Rodriguez, 58, a 40-year-old plant veteran, said he began to feel sick during his March 20 shift. He said he had a headache and ached his muscles, but that he continued to hand out smocks and gloves to hundreds of workers until his lunch break.
Is meat from hit factories safe to eat?
Experts agree that there is little to no risk of coronavirus being consumed from food, even from meat packing plants affected by worker outbreaks.
Coronavirus is usually transmitted through close contact with infected persons.
& # 39; Currently, there is no evidence to associate COVID-19 transmission with food, & # 39; said the USDA in a statement.
The FDA says: & # 39; We want to reassure consumers that there is currently no evidence of human or animal food if food packaging is associated with the transmission of the coronavirus causing COVID-19. & # 39;
As is known, coronavirus is quickly killed at temperatures above 135 degrees. Cooking meat according to instructions should kill all the present harmful pathogens.
Rodriguez said he then asked his supervisor if he could go home sick, but the caretaker said they needed him on & # 39; shift, so Rodriguez continued.
That night, he said he went to urgent care, was diagnosed with a temperature of 104 degrees and told to isolate himself. Within days, he had to be in the hospital and was put on a ventilator. He was not released from the hospital until April 18.
Rodriguez & # 39; s daughter, Crystal, who also works at the JBS plant, said her father & # 39; continued to work even though he was sick, because that's what you do at JBS if you want your job keep. & # 39;
She said that because he continued to work that day, he exposed hundreds of workers to coronavirus, because he had touched her gear and her hands as he passed her work out.
JBS said in a statement obtained by the Washington Post that they paid Rodriguez during his sick leave, beginning March 21. The company did not comment on its statement about continuing the & # 39; s work the previous day, & # 39; he was asked, but a & # 39; companies said that & # 39; No one is forced to come to work and no one is being penalized for absence for health reasons. & # 39;
Despite this, local health officials wrote a letter to JBS, revealing their alarm for & # 39; the work while illness & # 39; culture of & # 39; and noted that an analysis revealed that 64 percent of & # 39; workers who were diagnosed with coronavirus work while being symptomatic and therefore infectious to others. & # 39;
County officials ordered the plant to close on April 10 and gave them five days to complete the closure. Se bestelden JBS ek in isolearingshúsfestingplan te ûntwikkeljen foar arbeiders dy't posityf testen, maatregels foar sosjale distânsje yn 'e plant implementearje en strikte screeningprosedueres foar ynkommende arbeiders útfiere.
Mislearjen dit, sei amtners fan 'e provinsje, kin liede ta boetes en oant ien jier yn' e finzenisstraf foar bedriuwslieders.
De plant iepene op freed en joech gesichtsskermen oan arbeiders út. It bedriuw sei dat it op 19 maart maskers foar arbeiders hie besteld, mar se krige se oant 2 april net en makke it dragen fan maskers ferplicht op 13 april. It hat ek in leanferheging fan $ 4 per oere tafoege foar arbeiders by alle planten as in gefaar bonus.
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