Tell Governor Northam - Protect Poultry Workers in the Shenandoah Valley

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We need immediate action in the Shenandoah Valley to protect our poultry workers. These essential workers ALL need to be tested for COVID-19 so we can actually get the hard data we need to contain these outbreaks. Without testing the workers, no one really knows what is actually going on in the plants including the State Health Department. Governor Northam, this is what you did and are doing on the Eastern Shore, and we applaud your actions there. You need to do the same thing for the Shenandoah Valley, and you need to do it now. The health of our poultry workers, our economy and our community are at stake.

The poultry companies cannot be trusted to regulate themselves. That is the Trump approach that has led to this tragic mess. Virginia’s Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and now Attorney General Mark Herring, along with 19 other State Attorneys General, are demanding mandatory, enforceable standards for poultry workers and other essential workers at the federal OSHA level. Sadly, given the blindly pro-business, anti-worker orientation in the White House, this is not likely to happen.

However, as Governor, with a federally approved state OSHA, you can take the lead and set an example for other states to follow. Together with Attorney General Mark Herring, VOSH and relevant department heads, you must use your emergency power to create mandatory, enforceable emergency standards (along with whistle blower protections) to protect poultry workers from COVID-19 ASAP! For details go to https://www.justice4all.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Letter-to-Administration-Requests-re-Poultry-Worker-Protections.pdf On mandatory protections for all essential workers go to https://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org/take-action-protect-virginias-essential-workers/

As a medical provider, put yourself in the workers’ shoes. What would you do if your health and the health of your family were at stake? Would you wait a day longer?


Letter Campaign by
michael feikema
Harrisonburg, Virginia