Our 30-Year Collaboration with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
Steve Stouffer, Group President, Tyson Fresh Meats
Today our focus is to empower our frontline teams to think about and address safety more proactively, in other words to make situational decisions before someone has a problem rather than after the fact. This can range from changing a particular job technique or practice to stopping the production line if they see an issue that needs to be addressed or improved. They also are imbedded into our ergonomics and safety committees and have a voice in re-evaluating job functions for ergonomic improvements. All of our team members are involved in training and daily engagement centered around thinking about the safety aspect of their job first.
All of this improvement could not be accomplished without collaboration and communication. This means staffing and certifying adequate numbers of interpreters in our plants to ensure effective communications, listening to team members when they have issues or concerns, and most importantly prioritizing and addressing those concerns with the team members. In other This is about communicating – not dictating. We’re building relationships with our team members and building a culture where an open dialogue is the norm.
While the focus of our announcement this week is our collaboration with the UFCW, we place the same emphasis on workplace safety in our non-union plants. We share safety learnings between our union and non-union facilities and business units. And now, our work with the UFCW will be expanded to our poultry business, where the UFCW represents workers at 12 locations. Workplace safety efforts in our poultry business have accelerated in recent years with the expansion of our We Care safety program and the addition of more than 300 trainers and training coordinators to our poultry business since 2015. We’ve come a long way and I look forward to even greater progress in the future.
What got us here today will not get us to where we want to be another 30 years from now. We know that all of us must remain diligent and continuously improve worker health and safety. We look forward to continued collaboration and partnership with the UFCW to put our people first for many years to come.
Published Apr 6, 2018.
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