Tyson extends suspension

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 14, 2005
by WLJ
Workers at some Tyson beef plants will continue to be paid to stay home as the company reports that market conditions are not improving.
Tyson Foods announced in January that it would temporarily suspend slaughtering operations at plants in Denison, IA; Norfolk and West Point, NE; and Boise, ID, for a period of three to five weeks. A second shift in Pasco, WA, was also suspended.
Now, Tyson says that the suspension will last at least five weeks and perhaps longer. Workers were asked to take vacation during the first week of suspension, then were paid for 32 hours of work. During the downtime, many were assigned to maintenance and training sessions.
“We know how difficult this suspension has been for our team members and our plant communities,” said John Tyson, chief executive. “However, market conditions have not improved enough to warrant resuming operations.”
Approximately 2,100 workers have been affected, 900 of them at the Norfolk plant.
Tyson will hold meetings with workers at all plants on Feb. 7 to update them. — WLJ