The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and USA TODAY Network are collaborating on a project to examine COVID-19's impact on the underpaid and exploited agricultural workforce, particularly those in the meatpacking industry and the migrant workers in the fields. The reporting will go beyond spot news and, over the next six months, dig into the fundamental and systemic flaws in an industry that has historically imperiled its labor force.
Under the policy, workers usually receive a point or points for missing a day. If they gain enough points, they’re fired.
At least 4,627 Arkansas poultry workers have been infected by the novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. More than half of them are Hispanic.