After Meatpacking Outbreaks, Questions Loom Around Protecting Workers in the Future

May 12, 2021, 6:45 a.m. ·

Darcy Tromanhauser with Nebraska Appleseed greeted senators entering the Nebraska State Capitol. (Photo by Christina Stella, NET News)

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It’s been a year since COVID-19 descended on U.S. meatpacking plants. In that time, nearly 60,000 workers have gotten sick, and more than 300 have died. That’s led to pushes at the state and federal levels to institute stronger protections for workers in U.S. facilities. While advocates are still navigating efforts to protect workers now, some are already thinking about preventing future outbreaks.