The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Tyson Foods workers get paid sick leave; 75 percent vaccinated

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Tyson Foods is offering paid sick leave for the first time to its front-line workers. It’s part of an agreement that secured union support for its mandate that all U.S. employees get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The meatpackin­g giant said 75 percent of its 120,000 U.S. workers have now been vaccinated. That’s up from 50 percent when the company announced the mandate on Aug. 3. Workers have until Nov. 1 to get vaccinated, but the agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers provides for medical and religious exemptions. Tyson Foods is among the few companies with a large front-line workforce to impose a vaccine mandate so far.

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