Letter to Members at JBS


JBS will begin to reopen this Wednesday, May 6

Sunday, May 3, 2020

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Dear Member,

As you are aware, the President of the United States signed an executive order that forces JBS and other meatpacking facilities to reopen around the country during this COVID-19 pandemic. JBS plans to reopen the kill side of the plant this Wednesday, May 6. As it has been since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, your safety at work is our top priority. 

While the plant has been idle, our union has been hard at work ensuring that reopening the plant involves a commitment to enhanced safety guidelines for a safe reopening of the Worthington plant. I want to assure you that our voice as a union has been key to pushing for and developing these guidelines to keep you safe at work. 

You can view the list of safety measures JBS has implemented below or download it here. This list was given to me on Saturday, May 2. Please note this is not a full list, as more changes and safety measures will come in the near future.

While all of these improved efforts are to keep you safe and reduce the risk of infection of COVID-19, they are not a guarantee that you will not become sick. For tips on how to also stay safe at home, please click here.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, do not go to work.

If you have any questions about going back to work, please reach out and call the union office at 507.376.4234.

Thank you and take care.


Matt Utecht

President, UFCW Local 663

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