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Trump Pandemic Plan: Order Steak

April 29, 2020

Trump Pandemic Plan: Order Steak

President and former steak peddler Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act, previously used to save American lives in wartime and disasters, ordering low-wage employees to work in coronavirus-ridden meat packing plants during a pandemic. Meat workers are stationed shoulder-to-shoulder on fast-moving production lines, performing dangerous jobs. There is no evidence that meat plants have been retooled to allow social distancing between workers. At least 5000 workers have been exposed to the virus, 17 are known to have died, and at least 20 huge packing plants have shut down due to coronavirus outbreaks.

Yesterday, at the time of the president’s order, more Americans had died during the COVID-19 pandemic than in the entire Vietnam conflict.


“Trump orders meat plants to stay open in pandemic,” Taylor Telford, Kimberly Kindy, and Jacob Bogage, Washington Post

“Trump Orders Meat Plants to Stay Open in Move Slammed by Union,” Jennifer Jacobs and Lydia Mulvany, Bloomberg News

“Trump Signs Order To Beef Up Meat Production After Coronavirus Hits Plants,” Franco Ordoñez, NPR News


“Trump is marching meatpacking workers off to their deaths,” Steven Greenhouse, The Guardian

“Workers Scared As Trump Orders Meat Plants To Open During Coronavirus Crisis,” Luke Runyon and Eric Whitney, NPR News

“‘We’re modern slaves’: How meat plant workers became the new frontline in Covid-19 war,” Oliver Laughland and Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

“Republicans literally want to work Americans to death,” Jeff Spross, The Week

“Coronavirus cuts ‘deep scars’ through meatpacking cities,” Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press

“Meatpacking Crisis Shows Limits of Human Sacrifice As Recovery Plan,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

“The moral cost of America’s meat-supply obsession,” Sigal Samuel, Vox

Union response:

“Trump Order to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open Must Include Immediate Action to Strengthen Coronavirus Testing and Safety Measures,” UFCW


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