(Fwd) FW: Poultry violations
Rick Welsh (email@example.com)
Tue, 10 Feb 1998 16:52:33 -0500
> >From New York Times
> February 10, 1998
> Overtime Violations at Poultry Plants
> By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
> EW YORK -- Federal inspectors found that more than 60
> of the nation's poultry processing plants violated
> overtime laws, the
> Labor Department announced on Monday.
> The inspectors, who examined 51 of the nation's 174 poultry
> plants, also
> found widespread safety problems, among them frequent back
> injuries that
> usually occurred when workers slipped on wet and greasy
> Deputy Secretary of Labor Kathryn Higgins said that federal
> conducted the survey, first, to encourage the industry to
> improve working
> conditions and, second, to better understand conditions in
> populated by immigrant, low-wage workers.
> Federal regulators said the most frequent overtime
> involved the
> industry's undercounting of the hours worked by chicken
> catchers, who
> travel to farms to catch chickens and take them to the
> These officials said 60 percent of the plants failed to pay
> the chicken
> catchers proper overtime, while 51 percent failed to pay
> workers properly
> for job-related tasks before and after work, like cleaning
> and putting
> on safety equipment.
> Greg Denier, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial
> Union, said "that 60 percent are not in compliance with the
> wage-and-hour law shows that they're an outlaw industry."
> But officials with the National Broiler Council, the
> defended the poultry plants by asserting that the level of
> violations was
> high mainly because the Labor Department was enforcing the
> differently from the way it previously had.
> David Wylie, a lawyer for the council, said that for 60
> officials had regarded chicken catchers as agricultural
> employees, who are
> not covered by federal overtime laws, rather than as
> industrial employees,
> who are covered.
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