Local orgs hold vote vigil in support of meatpacker protections bill

The Nebraska ACLU along with other local organizations held a vote vigil outside the Capitol to try to convince senators to vote for the bill.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A bill for COVID-19 precautions at meatpacking plants is being debated at the Capitol, Thursday morning.

The Nebraska ACLU along with other local organizations held a vote vigil outside the Capitol to try to convince senators to vote for the bill.

“One of my really good friends is still working there and he is just very afraid for his daughter,” said Gabriela Pedroza, an ex-plant worker.

“I still hear from my friends it’s still happening, such as harassment. Just overworked and a lot of the health hazards being violated, because we need to get the product out.”

Senator Tony Vargas introduced this bill and is trying to get more support for these protections. Another protester says it is needed because some plants are not following the rules.

“The challenge is that it’s unclear,” said Romulo Vega, a family member of meat plant workers.

“We take the companies words for it and we’re sure many of them are acting in good faith but can we be sure that all of them are? And if they’re doing what they said they are doing I don’t see why they are not supporting this effort.”

Senator Julie Slama spoke out against the bill, saying OSHA already covers what the bill is asking for.

The organizations outside the Capitol say they just want protection for the people who feed Nebraskans.

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