Tyson Foods, UFCW team up to improve safety at plants

Tyson Foods, UFCW team up to improve safety at plants

Tyson Foods is teaming up with a labor union to improve employee safety at its poultry plants.

Tyson executives and leaders from the United Food and Commerical Workers International Union revealed that increased focus this morning.

The two have worked together on workplace issues for 30 years and both sides say they're excited for the partnership to continue and evolve.

"I think it's great to see the progress that's made because I get to keep my coworkers safe. I get to help them bring up the issues that they need to be addressed in order to do their job, so that way they can do it safely," said UFCW Safety Rep. Daniel Denato.

As part of the increased focus on safety at the poultry plants, Tyson is adding training staff and programs at those facilities.

"Our focus is taking care of our team members and getting to zero injuries and illnesses and that is our focus. It will take time to get there and we're trying to make sure that we communicate very well with all of our team members to make sure we put them in a position to have a voice and be successful," said Poultry Group President Doug Ramsey.

Tyson has more than 122,000 employees and the UFCW currently represents more than 24,000 of those employees.

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