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Lawsuit Charging Nation's Largest Poultry Processors Fixed Wages
USAgNet - 09/05/2019

A lawsuit filed last week alleges that officials from 18 chicken companies and affiliates held annual, secret meetings at a hotel in Florida since 2009 to coordinate pay and benefits for line and maintenance workers at 200 plants, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

According to POLITICO, the firms named in the suit include Tyson Foods, Sanderson Farms, Perdue Farms and Pilgrim's Pride - together they produce more than 90 percent of U.S. chicken.

The laborers allegedly affected by the wage-fixing scheme work in more dangerous conditions than other industries.

A report from the nonprofit Oxfam shows 72 percent of poultry workers in 2013 reported a significant work-related injury or illness, and average wages were $11 per hour.

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