Workers Lose WC Lawsuit Against Tyson Foods

According to an article on, a federal appeals court panel ruled in favor of Tyson Foods Inc. this week in a case brought on my meat packing workers over whether they should be compensated for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear and preparing for work.

The workers claimed that they are only paid for their time on the assembly line, plus four minutes for pre- and post-production chores. However, they claim it takes about 30 minutes a day to put on their uniforms and safety gear, sanitzie equipment, and perform other duties.

However, the three judge panel ruled that Tyson had not been underpaying workers at its Lexington, NE plant. Lawsuits are still pending in the Dakota City, NY plant and the Madison, NE plant.

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