Daily Beast: Meat-Plant Workers Slam Rogue Colorado Officials Over Refusal to Enforce COVID Rules

Daily Beast: Meat-Plant Workers Slam Rogue Colorado Officials Over Refusal to Enforce COVID Rules. “Meat-plant workers in Colorado condemned local leaders on Wednesday for refusing to enforce new state-directed COVID-19 safety restrictions, even after hitting a ‘level red’ designation over the region’s spiraling increase in coronavirus cases and dire hospital situation.”

Washington Post: Workers call on Walmart, Amazon and other retailers to bring back hazard pay ahead of holiday rush

Washington Post: Workers call on Walmart, Amazon and other retailers to bring back hazard pay ahead of holiday rush. “Workers at Walmart, Amazon, Kroger and other major retailers are calling on their employers to reinstate hazard pay and strengthen safety protocols ahead of the busy holiday shopping season as coronavirus infection rates skyrocket.”

Yahoo News: Intelligence employees vent frustrations over being forced to return to the office

Yahoo News: Intelligence employees vent frustrations over being forced to return to the office. ” Employees at one of the most secretive parts of government have been forced to return to their offices, leading to widespread concerns about their exposure to COVID-19. Tensions inside the National Security Agency — which is responsible for eavesdropping and digital espionage — bubbled over last week, leading to an all-hands meeting at the agency on Wednesday to address complaints, according to four sources familiar with the matter.”

Washington Post: Despite precautions, CBS headquarters reports 15 coronavirus cases amid nationwide surge

Washington Post: Despite precautions, CBS headquarters reports 15 coronavirus cases amid nationwide surge. “The cases this month seem to have primarily affected New York’s WCBS-TV local station and to not have directly affected CBS News employees, though the most recent alert mentioned that the ‘CBS This Morning’ kitchen area was an affected space. (The CBS-run syndicated ‘The Drew Barrymore Show,’ along with third-party productions, also tapes in studios at the Broadcast Center complex.)”

Los Angeles Times: California to issue emergency COVID-19 workplace safety rules as infections rise

Los Angeles Times: California to issue emergency COVID-19 workplace safety rules as infections rise. “California is on track to issue emergency rules aimed at curbing workplace spread of COVID-19 — offering a chance at relief to essential workers, who have been disproportionately sickened by the worsening pandemic. A six-member board overseeing California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, voted unanimously Thursday to advance a slate of workplace protocols that have been championed by labor advocates since May.”

Roll Call: Front-line workers in Capitol keep getting COVID-19

Roll Call: Front-line workers in Capitol keep getting COVID-19. “Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, 153 legislative branch employees have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19, according to a Democratic aide for the House Administration Committee. This cumulative total, as of Nov. 18, includes 59 employees from the Capitol Police, 57 from the Architect of the Capitol and 37 contractors working construction in the Cannon House Office Building.”

USA Today: Tyson suspends managers at pork plant who placed bets on how many workers would get COVID-19

USA Today: Tyson suspends managers at pork plant who placed bets on how many workers would get COVID-19. “As state officials and lawmakers urged the shutdown of a Tyson Foods pork-processing plant in Iowa, managers at the plant reportedly placed bets on how many would end up getting sick…. Tyson Foods has since suspended the individuals reportedly involved, per a statement issued Thursday afternoon by the company.”

Coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants linked to 8 percent of early cases: study (The Hill)

The Hill: Coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants linked to 8 percent of early cases: study. “Up to 8 percent of U.S. coronavirus cases could have their origins in outbreaks among workers at meatpacking plants, according to a new study. Researchers from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business analyzed coronavirus cases through the end of July and found between as many as 310,000 cases of the virus connected with proximity to meatpacking plants.”

Washington Post: Once again, a deal between D.C. and the teachers union collapses

Washington Post: Once again, a deal between D.C. and the teachers union collapses. “It has become a familiar pattern in the District. The city and Washington Teachers’ Union near an agreement on how schools should reopen. Both sides indicate that a finalized deal could be imminent. And then, at the 11th hour, it falls apart.”

Mashable: Facebook moderators blast Zuckerberg, claim he’s risking their lives for profits

Mashable: Facebook moderators blast Zuckerberg, claim he’s risking their lives for profits. “Mark Zuckerberg’s drive for profits might end with their deaths. So argue the more than 200 content moderators who published an open letter Wednesday accusing the Facebook CEO of hypocrisy and a wanton disregard for their health during a raging pandemic. In demanding many return to the office, the moderators insist, both Zuckerberg and the CEOs of content moderation companies CPL and Accenture have taken the psychologically taxing job of content moderation and added the deadly element of coronavirus exposure.”

Bloomberg: Push on to speed up poultry production

Bloomberg: Push on to speed up poultry production. “Coronavirus cases are rising, but the Trump administration is making its last push to allow chicken slaughterhouses to speed up production lines, something seen as a potential threat to social distancing for production workers. Three days after the election, the U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted a proposal to raise the maximum line speed by 25% to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. That’s typically the last step before a proposed regulation is published.”

CNN: Amazon worker lawsuit over coronavirus safety dismissed by New York judge

CNN: Amazon worker lawsuit over coronavirus safety dismissed by New York judge. “A lawsuit targeting Amazon over an alleged lack of Covid-19 protections at its Staten Island facility has been dismissed by a US District Judge, who said the issues should be raised with the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.”

NBC News: Amazon Ring call center workers in Philippines ‘scared’ to go to work during pandemic

NBC News: Amazon Ring call center workers in Philippines ‘scared’ to go to work during pandemic. “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, call center workers in the Philippines who are contracters for Amazon’s Ring home security division have been required to report to the office. At first, employees said, they had no choice but to sleep at work so they could respond to the calls of Amazon Ring’s customers in American time zones. The conditions spurred an Amazon investigation after pictures of employees on mattresses and blankets on the floor became public in news reports.”

New York Times: BuzzFeed News Pulls Reporter From White House, Citing Virus Risk

New York Times: BuzzFeed News Pulls Reporter From White House, Citing Virus Risk. “BuzzFeed News has pulled a political correspondent from the White House press pool, citing concerns that the area has become a coronavirus hot zone after President Trump, many of his top aides — including the press secretary Kayleigh McEnany — and several journalists have tested positive for the virus.”