Target: Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith
Goal: Improve allegedly appalling and dangerous working conditions in Tyson Foods chicken plants.
A worker at Tyson chicken plant says he was fired after he tried to educate his coworkers about their basic safety and health rights. This followed his reported struggles with a repetitive stress injury that became so bad from cutting up 50 chickens per minute that it swelled to a size that couldn’t fit in any glove.
Pedro Lopez also developed prostate problems as he was allegedly not allowed to take adequate bathroom breaks. He tried to solve the problem by drinking less water and became so dehydrated that he suffered horrific leg cramps. He talked about his coworkers simply urinated on themselves while working with the chickens that would eventually become people’s food because management refused to let them take bathroom breaks.
When Lopez went to his managers about his injuries, they allegedly told him it was all in his head. When he tried to see a doctor, get a different position on the line to allow his stress injuries to heal, or file for worker’s compensation, he says they denied his every request. When they finally let him see a company doctor, he was informed that any further delay in treatment could have resulted in the loss of his hand.
Pedro Lopez isn’t asking to be rehired at a place that treated him so badly. He just wants his former coworkers to have access to proper care and basic rights like bathroom breaks. Sign our petition to demand that Tyson Foods improve these reportedly horrible working conditions at their chicken plants or shut them down completely.
Dear Mr. Smith,
One of the workers at a Tyson Foods chicken plant, Pedro Lopez, claims he was recently fired following an attempt to educate his fellow employees about their basic workplace safety and health rights. After this, he spoke out about the conditions he was subjected to while working in your plant.
He talked about getting such a bad repetitive stress injury in his hand that he couldn’t fit into the safety gloves as well as prostate problems because he wasn’t allowed bathroom breaks. He says that his coworkers would urinate on themselves while on the line. When he tried to get help for his injuries, management denied him and threatened to fire him if he went to an outside doctor.
These allegations are appalling and need to be investigated immediately. You have a duty to the workers who make your profits possible. We demand that you immediately work to improve the working conditions at your chicken plants and ensure that your employees are given their basic rights.
[Your Name Here]
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