Labor & Employment Law Daily World’s largest meat producer to give bonuses to employees who take COVID-19 vaccine
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

World’s largest meat producer to give bonuses to employees who take COVID-19 vaccine

By WK Editorial Staff

JBS is hoping that the incentive will encourage its 66,000 U.S. employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

JBS, the biggest meat producer in the world, announced that its U.S. employees will receive a $100 bonus if they elect to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The company is hoping to encourage its employees to receive the vaccine.

According to Reuters, the employer’s internal surveys showed 60 percent to 90 percent of employees were willing to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially troublesome in the meatpacking industry, which experienced outbreaks among its workforce, plant closures, and the deaths of many employees in the industry.

Union response. Not everyone is applauding this decision. In a press release, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, which represents workers in Colorado and Wyoming, said the bonus was “not enough” and that the employer failed to address its withdrawal of hazard pay, increased health insurance costs, and lack of PPE.

“Today’s announcement is another attempt to distract from the company’s failure to protect its workers,” said union president Kim Cordova. “Unfortunately, JBS did not do anything to protect our six members who got COVID from the plant and are now dead. As the virus becomes more contagious, and therefore more dangerous, a one-time incentive bonus to get the vaccine will not make up for the lives lost and lives ruined by this terrible virus, or mitigate what JBS owes to its employees.”

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