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Labor Day at Tyson Foods

Outdated, misleading information about Tyson employee holidays is still on the Internet. Contrary to circulated reports, Tyson does NOT offer its workers a paid Muslim holiday at any location.

A labor union vote briefly changed the Labor Day holiday at the company’s Shelbyville, Tennessee, poultry plant in 2008. Tyson Foods did not initiate the change and immediately negotiated with the union to reinstate Labor Day as a paid holiday, resolving the matter five years ago.

Labor Day continues to be one of the paid holidays for Team Members at all of the company’s U.S. plants.

At Tyson, we take pride in supporting our country and efforts to protect our way of life. Here are a few of the things the company and its Team Members do in support of our military:

  • Tyson Foods committed to hire 2,500 veterans by the end of 2014 and has already hired more than 3,000. As part of the hiring initiative, dubbed “Camo to Khaki,” a fulltime military personnel recruiter was hired to recruit and place talent throughout the Tyson Foods nationwide footprint. Click here for a video of a “Clap In” Tyson Team Members gave at one of the summits held to hire veterans.
  • Tyson Foods provides differential pay for all Tyson employees called to active military duty. The money makes up any difference between their military compensation and the pay they normally receive from Tyson. Since September 11, 2001, Tyson has provided $2.2 million in differential pay to more than 460 employees.
  • Tyson Foods was involved in helping organize and sponsor the very first northwest Arkansas “Honor Flight.” The October 2009 charter flight flew more than 90 military veterans free of charge to Washington D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial and other memorials. Since 2009 the company has helped coordinate nine of these flights for more than 900 World War II veterans. Click here to see a video of one of these flights Tyson sponsored.
  • Tyson Foods’ Veterans Business Resource Group for military veterans employed at the company’s corporate headquarters provides opportunity to network, develop professional knowledge and hone skills.
  • In 2012 Tyson Foods teamed up with Operation Homefront to provide a year’s worth of food to military and veteran families being awarded mortgage-free homes through the “Homes on the Homefront” program.
  • In 2011 and 2012, Tyson donated more than 20,000 pounds of food to the Los Angeles Veterans Holiday Celebration and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. In 2012, Tyson supported two truckload shipments for Wreaths Across America.
  • In 2010 Tyson awarded a $75,000 “challenge” grant to an organization seeking to provide more burial space for military veterans at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark. The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corp. is using the money to support the group’s mission of securing nearby land.

MEDIA RELATIONS

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National & Investor Media, Tyson Fresh Meats (Beef, Pork)

Gary MickelsonGary Mickelson

Senior Director-Public Relations

gary.mickelson@tyson.com
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Dan FoglemanDan Fogleman

Senior Manager-Public Relations

dan.fogleman@tyson.com
479-290-2166

 

 

 

Business, Plant Community & Trade Media, Poultry

Worth SparkmanWorth Sparkman

Manager-Public Relations

worth.sparkman@tyson.com
479-290-6358

 

 

 

Food Service, Corporate Giving & Disaster Relief Media, Public Speaking

Krista CuppKrista Cupp

Manager-Public Speaking and Event Planning

krista.cupp@tyson.com
479-290-5195