Also responding to Trump’s executive order was Stuart Applebaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).
“We only wish that this administration cared as much about the lives of working people as it does about meat, pork and poultry products,” Applebaum said in a statement. “When poultry plants shut down, it's for deep cleaning and to save workers' lives. If the administration had developed meaningful safety requirements early on as they should have and still must do, this would not even have become an issue. Employers and government must do better. If they want to keep the meat and poultry supply chain healthy, they need to make sure that workers are safe and healthy.”