UFW Files Charges Against Primex Farms for Allegedly Firing Employees Who Said Company Wasn’t Protecting Them From COVID-19
WASCO, Calif. (KGET) — A local farming company is accused of firing employees who expressed concerns about the deadly coronavirus outbreak at work.
On Monday, the United Farm Workers union announced it is filing charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Primex Farms in Wasco. The organization said the company fired employees who complained that the company was failing to properly protect employees from COVID-19.
The UFW said that recently an employee died from COVID-19 and another is not expected to survive. Nearly 100 workers at the pistachio processing company have been infected, the UFW claimed.
“Unfortunately, the company instead of dealing with the problems has chosen to fire the employees in retaliation,” said Armando Elenes, secretary treasurer on the UFW Executive Board.
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