Join LERC for an Online Discussion: Essential Work, Disposable Workers
Tuesday, April 20th at 6:00 pm
In the past several months, food processing plants, where the majority of workers are immigrants and workers of color and where production entails long shifts in crowded closed environments, became sites of some of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks. At the same time, workers started organizing for the implementation of safety measures and to access direct assistance. However, there has been little research that systematically captures their experiences and gives space for workers and organizers to speak up about their ongoing struggles.
Join us for the presentation of a new report that provides a close picture of immigrant and refugee food processing workers’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and their collective organizing experiences to improve their safety and access relief. Based on in-depth interviews with immigrant and refugee workers in rural Washington employed in the industry, the report highlights the main challenges faced by these workers both at their workplace and as they navigated the emergency regulatory frameworks.
Spanish Interpretation will be available.
Lola Loustaunau, doctoral candidate in Sociology by the University of Oregon, will be joined by a panel of organizers from Friends of Tyson, United Food and Commercial Workers 1439, and Trabajadores Unidos por la Justicia as well as workers from meatpacking, vegetable, and fruit processing plants who will share their stories and experiences in their own words and discuss present and future policy.