April 3, 2008
Politicians Play Chicken with Poultry Plants
Saying that "Poultry workers' health and safety is threatened every day in a variety of ways," Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass, has called for stiffer penalties and stronger enforcement against chronic violators of worker safety.
The legislation calls for up to 40 percent higher fines -- as much as $100,000 for willful and repeat violations -- and criminal penalties for repeat and willful violations of safety laws.
Richard Lobb, a spokesman for the National Chicken Council, said that the industry has a good safety record, that worker safety is a very important value in the industry, that they are concerned for their associates and employees.
Source: McClatchy Company
Thank you to William Mitchell College of Law student Lucas Nesse for preparing this post.
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