United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local No. 663; United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local No. 440; et. al. v. United States Department of Agriculture
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is inviting pork producers to increase slaughter line speeds during a one-year trial period after a federal judge ruled that the USDA had improperly eliminated line speed limitations in March 2021 due to workplace safety concerns associated with faster processing. During the pilot program, processing plants will work with labor unions and other worker safety communities to implement workplace safety measures and share data with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to help shape future industry regulations.
[To accompany Agency Update "USDA Experiments with Increased Line Speed for Pig Slaughter" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 114.]