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Poultry workers win lawsuit against Tyson

More than 17,000 Tyson poultry workers in 41 plants in 12 states have settled a $32-million lawsuit in a 12-year struggle to get paid for work already performed, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).

The UFCW initiated the suit against Tyson. Last Thursday, the United States District Court in Georgia approved the settlement.

The lawsuit charged Tyson with violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Meatpacking and food processing workers wear specialized protective gear while they work. Before these UFCW-initiated lawsuits began, meatpacking companies didn’t pay workers for time spent taking the gear on and off, adding up to thousands of dollars of lost pay over years of work.

The lawsuit will result in payments, averaging around $1,000 per worker, to current and former Tyson workers across the country.

The affected Tyson poultry workers work at plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.


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  1. Girthta Walker

    I want to know when are they going start mailing out the checks.

  2. I would like to know if anyone know how to contact the lawyers that has been representing us.

  3. You will recieve paperwork to the address you lived at when you filed your portion of the lawsuit. Checks will be mailed out in June 2012.

  4. I worked for Tyson And didn’t get a letter!!!

  5. Tierre Wallace

    I worked for Tyson and I didn’t get a letter!!!

  6. Tierre Wallace

    I worked for Tyson and I didn’t get a letter!!!!

  7. Tierre Wallace

    i worked for Tyson and i didn’t get a letter!!!

  8. Tierre Wallace

    i work for tyson and i didn’t get a letter!!!

  9. Tierre Wallace

    i worked for tyson and i didn’t get a letter!!!!

  10. Patricia Wilson

    When will we received our money it’s June 19, 2012?

  11. I worked there for many years and this is my first time hearing about this. Is it too late?

  12. They say the checks will be mailed out in September 2012.

  13. I just want to know when we will receive a check because I’m moving and don’t want noone to get it out of my mail box. Thank you

  14. Are there a specific date in september when the checks will be mailed?


    Maxine Jackson

  15. Are there a specific date the checks will be mailed out on?

  16. Are there a specific date when the checks will be mailed out in September?

  17. LaSonya Bibbs

    The recording says the checks will be mailed on September 4, 2012.

  18. a check for 6.00 dollars after all these years where is the money??????????

  19. Michelle millsap

    Guess what, the Sedalia Missouri plant still practices this. they also deny workman comp claims. ” fix the Dr who see you etc. Labor is no different now that it was in 1900 before there were laws to protect people. Profit of a few will always supersede the health of a few meat processers.

  20. Thank God unions still have some power without their protection we would go back to the sweat shops like we see in other countries where ppl are burnef alive BC of unsafe working conditions. good job

  21. Michelle Davis

    My Husband and I both worked at Tyson’s in Corydon Indiana and neither of us received a letter.What do we need to do?or are we to late?

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