Meatpacking workers say attendance policy forces them to work with potential Covid-19 symptoms

by Heather Schlitz, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

This story is supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

In April, despite his fever, a meatpacking worker continued to carve neck bones out of pig carcasses at a JBS plant in Iowa.

Two weeks later, he would test positive for COVID-19. But in the meantime, he said, he kept clocking in because of a punitive attendance system widely used in…