SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A group of workers walked out of the George’s Inc. poultry plant on Kansas Street in Springdale on Tuesday.
The walkout was prompted by George’s ending staggered shifts and concerns over lack of social distancing measures at the plant, according to Olivia Paschal, a reporter for Facing South.
KNWA/FOX24 news reached out to George’to address these complaints. A representative from the company is directing those with any concerns and questions to their website, which explains all safety guidelines and employee benefits that have been in place since March.
Venceremos, a local poultry workers’ rights organization, streamed the walkout on its Facebook page:
“Poultry workers from the George’s plant in Springdale, AR are walking out demanding safe working conditions. They want the company to allow them to practice social distancing, sanitation, and wage increase for all workers equally,” the group said in its Facebook post.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there are no businesses in Springdale listed on the occupational cluster report, which indicates the George’s plant in Springdale has less than five active COVID-19 cases.