Tyson reaches vaccine deal

Tyson had announced Aug. 3 that all U.S. employees would have to be vaccinated by Nov. 1, though the requirement for unionized plant workers was subject to negotiations with labour unions. | Screencap via tysonfoods.com

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — North America’s largest meat packing union has agreed to support Tyson Foods Inc.’s requirement that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.

It also secured paid sick leave for workers in negotiations.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents Tyson plant workers, said the deal is the first national U.S. agreement to provide paid sick leave to meat packing workers.

Tyson had announced Aug. 3 that all U.S. employees would have to be vaccinated by Nov. 1, though the requirement for unionized plant workers was subject to negotiations with labour unions.

The UFCW initially expressed concerns about the requirement and said it needed to be negotiated.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has also agreed to support the requirement.

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