WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the union for 250,000 meatpacking and food processing workers, including 26,000 Tyson Foods workers across the country, announced the first national U.S. agreement to provide paid sick leave to meatpacking workers. Of the company’s 120,000 U.S. workers, more than 90,000 (or more than 75 percent) of Tyson workers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Over 30,000 Tyson workers have been vaccinated since the company announced its new vaccine mandate in early August. Click here to view press release online.
UFCW secured the deal for Tyson workers to be able to earn up to 20 hours of paid sick leave as part of the union’s negotiations with Tyson over its new vaccine mandate. Under this new agreement, the Tyson vaccine mandate will now provide precautions and safeguards for medical, religious, and other protections. As the largest union for American meatpacking workers, UFCW is calling for similar paid sick leave policies from all companies across the industry to ensure more frontline workers can get the vaccine without fear of losing a paycheck.