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Tyson Foods to Provide Approximately $60 Million in Bonuses for Frontline Workers

Tyson Foods to Provide Approximately $60 Million in Bonuses for Frontline Workers


SPRINGDALE, AR
Sunday, April 5th, 2020

In March, Tyson Foods announced it was committing $13 million to COVID-19 relief and community support initiatives. Last week, the protein behemoth revealed it is upping its investment to approximately $60 million, which has been designated for “thank you” bonuses to the company’s 116,000 frontline workers and truckers in the U.S., all of whom have been working hard to support Tyson’s operations and provide food for the supply chain.

Noel White, Chief Executive Officer, Tyson Foods“We’re proud of how our team members have stepped up during this challenging time to make sure we continue fulfilling our critical mission of feeding people across America,” said Tyson Foods' CEO Noel White. “Our company recently relaxed our attendance policy and we encourage our team members to stay at home if they’re exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 infection. We’re taking additional precautionary measures, such as daily temperature checks at all our facilities and daily cleaning with extra sanitizing in high traffic areas.

According to a press release, eligible team members will receive a $500 bonus, payable during the first week of July. The bonuses are in addition to other company-announced efforts to support workers, plant communities, and livestock producers during the global pandemic. This has included that aforementioned $13 million donation and a one-time premium for cattle harvested the week of March 23, which was done in an effort to help cattle feeders weather the impact of the pandemic.

Last week, Tyson Foods revealed it is upping its investment to approximately $60 million, which has been designated for “thank you” bonuses to the company’s 116,000 frontline workers and truckers in the U.S.

“Our team members are leading the charge to continue providing food to the nation,” White continued. “The bonuses are another way we can say ‘thank you’ for their efforts.”

To keep its employees safe and healthy on the front lines, the protein provider has rolled out a series of policies, including the following:

  • Restricting visitor access to its facilities
  • Relaxing its attendance policy to reinforce the importance of staying home when sick or to meet childcare needs
  • Implementing the use of temporal thermometers to check the temperature of team members before they enter company facilities
  • Offering protective face coverings for production workers who request them
  • Working with the CDC on additional guidance on the use of personal protective equipment

To read more about all that Tyson Foods is enacting at the moment to keep its workforce safe, click here. And for more news from the frontlines of our industry, keep checking back with Deli Market News.

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