Joe Biden and LULAC spotlight coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants, blame Trump

Todd J. Gillman

The Dallas Morning News

May 4, 2021

On Monday, Biden joined the League of United Latin American Citizens to spotlight the challenges facing workers at beef, pork and chicken processing plants, many of which have become hot spots for the new coronavirus that has claimed nearly 69,000 U.S. lives so far.

“Meatpacking has always been hard work,” Biden said on a midday video town hall event hosted by LULAC. “It’s always been dangerous, it’s always been underpaid and now add to that the threat of COVID-19, made all the worse by fear that workers are living with every single day.”

Meatpacking workers deserve access to rapid result testing, Biden said, and he called for them to receive for “premium pay to compensate them for the additional risk they face.”

Dallas lawyer Domingo Garcia, the LULAC national president, noted that more than 5,000 workers have tested positive for the coronavirus at U.S. meatpacking plants.