Voces de la Frontera has been advocating for the rights of Latinx workers in the meatpacking industry over the course of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Highlighting the disproportionate challenges faced by immigrants and people of color, Christine Neumann-Ortiz describes the experiences of Guadalupe Páez, a Wisconsin meat processing plant worker who recently recovered from COVID-19: “People are really afraid. You’re forcing them to make a choice between their life and this job. Workers see what’s happening, and in the case of Mr. Páez, his life was at stake.” Last month, Christine held a press conference with workers, management, and union representatives following the explosion of COVID-19 cases in plants that Voces had criticized only a week prior for unsatisfactory worker protections.


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