Tyson Foods

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• Tyson Foods produces fresh and frozen poultry and beef products.

• Workers at Tyson’s meat processing plants experience high rates of repetitive motion injury.

• Tyson Foods pled guilty to 20 felony violations of the Clean Water Act. It's plants have dumped toxic byproducts and waste into freshwater sources and polluted the air.

• The EPA filed enforcement action against Tyson Foods for its violation of the Clean Air Act.

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-- Profile Updated 07/06/2010

About Tyson Foods


Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods produces fresh and frozen poultry products as well as corn and flour-based foods. The company employs 114,000 people and in 2005 reported revenues of $26.014 billion.

Affiliates

- Cobb-Vantress, Inc. - Siloam Springs, AR
- Deli Division - Oklahoma City, OK
- Foodservice Division - Oklahoma City, OK

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- Foodservice Division - Oklahoma City, OK
- IBP-Council Bluffs - Council Bluffs, IA
- IBP-Finney County - Holcomb, KS
- IBP-Joslin - Geneseo, IL
- IBP-Louisa County - Columbus Junction, IA
- IBP-West Point - West Point, NE
- Lakeside Packers - Brooks, Canada
- Russer Foods - Buffalo, NY
- Tyson Export Sales, Inc. - Springdale, AR
- Tyson Foods - Amarillo, TX
- Tyson Foods - Carthage, MS
- Tyson Foods - Oklahoma City, OK
- Tyson Foods of Texas, Inc. - Springdale, AR
- Tyson Foods, Inc. - Chicago, IL
- Tyson Foods, Inc. - Cleveland, MS
- Tyson Foods, Inc. - Houston, TX
- Tyson Foods, Inc. - Magee, MS
- Tyson Foods, Inc. - Manchester, NH
- Tyson Fresh Foods Inc. - Boise, ID
- Tyson Fresh Meat - Perry, IA
- Tyson Fresh Meat - Waterloo, IA
- Tyson Fresh Meats - Dakota City, NE
- Tyson Fresh Meats - Denison, IA
- Tyson Fresh Meats - Emporia, KS
- Tyson Fresh Meats - Lexington, NE
- Tyson Fresh Meats - Madison, NE
- Tyson Fresh Meats - Storm Lake, IA
- Tyson Fresh Meats - Wallula, WA
- Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. - Dakota Dunes, SD
- Tyson Retail Deli Inc. - Augusta, ME
- Tyson Retail Deli Inc. - Portland, ME

Contact Tyson Foods


Tyson Foods
Springdale, AR 72762-6999 USA

Phone: 479-290-4000

Web: www.tysonfoodsinc.com

Alerts

Environment

Due to growing discontent among small farmers about environmental destruction caused by animal waste, a group of non-profit organi…

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Due to growing discontent among small farmers about environmental destruction caused by animal waste, a group of non-profit organizations are pressuring Congress to hold livestock companies liable for properly disposing of their animal waste. The coalition of organizations includes such groups as the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and Union of Concerned Scientists. A report by the Environmental Protection Agency found concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) to be the principal source of pollution in rivers in 29 states. , CAFO results in an estimated 200 million tons of manure yearly. Yet, the poultry industry is lobbying congress to exempt manure from being labeled a "hazardous substance" under the federal Superfund law. Tyson Foods spokesman Gary Mickelson states, "From our perspective, if a court decides animal manure is hazardous waste, then livestock producers may as well put diapers on their cows, pigs, and chickens."

-- Chicago Tribune, 06/12/2006

Source URL: www.chicagotribune.com/news/custom/newsroom/chi-060612pollute,1,428888...


Tyson Foods was rated as the 8th worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's Toxic 100 index.…

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Tyson Foods was rated as the 8th worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's Toxic 100 index. The index is based on 2002 EPA Toxics Release Inventory data. PERI's Toxic 100 index ranks the nation's largest companies based on the quantity of their emissions, relative toxicity of chemicals emitted, and proximity to population centers, among other criteria.

-- Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), 05/11/2006

Source URL: www.rtknet.org/new/tox100/toxic100.php?database=t1&detail=1&datype=T&r...


Labor

Tyson Foods will cut 420 jobs and freeze hiring as part of a $200 million cost-saving effort.…

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Tyson Foods will cut 420 jobs and freeze hiring as part of a $200 million cost-saving effort. The move comes in response to oversupply in meat products, bird flu fears, and international beef export bans. In addition, the company is suspending its match on 401K contributions for salaried employees and is deferring merit raises for senior management.

-- MSNBC, 07/13/2006

Source URL: msnbc.msn.com/id/13841159/


In February 2005 Human Rights Watch released a report that was the result of a year-long research into operations at three separat…

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In February 2005 Human Rights Watch released a report that was the result of a year-long research into operations at three separate processing plants operated by Smithfield Foods plant , Tysons Foods and Nebraska Beef company. The report says workers at the plants are frequently injured, then refused medical care or fired. The report also alleges that repetitive motion injuries are universal in the industry, unsanitary conditions sometimes leave employees covered in animal wastes, and that worker attempts to unionize are sometimes violently quashed.

-- Virginia-Pilot, 02/18/2005

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Tyson is involved in at least six lawsuits over allegations that it doesn't pay its workers for the time it takes to get ready for…

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Tyson is involved in at least six lawsuits over allegations that it doesn't pay its workers for the time it takes to get ready for and after their shifts.

  • In 1998, workers at Tyson's Corydon, Indiana poultry plant filed a half million dollar lawsuit against the company after the Department of Labor determined that workers were being cheated out of 30 minutes of overtime pay each day.
  • In 1999, 11 employees sued Tyson Foods in an attempt to collect the overtime they claim they are owed. The pay was for the time employees at the Albertville, Alabama plant spent gathering and putting on his protective gear and sanitizing equipment before and after work and for breaks. As of 2004 the suit was being considered for class-action status
  • The Labor Department Solicitor's Office sued Tyson in 2002 seeking back wages and damages for current and former employees at the company's Blountsville, Alabama plant. The Labor Department also is trying to get a court order to force Tyson to pay all its employees for time spent putting on the protective gear and for cleaning up at the end of the day.
  • In 2001 Tyson appealed a ruling involving more than 800 IBP workers who weren't paid while they were getting their protective gear on and sharpening their knives for the production line. The plaintiffs received a judgment of $3.2 million from the U.S. District Court in Washington, and their attorneys won about $1.2 million to cover the cost of fees.

-- Arkansas Business, 08/16/2004

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Health and Safety

Seven workers were killed at Tyson facilities or facilities contracted by Tyson throughout 1999.…

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Seven workers were killed at Tyson facilities or facilities contracted by Tyson throughout 1999. There were no reported job-related deaths at any other poultry company's facilities in 1999. Tyson's had no fatalities for the three years prior to 1999, and as of September, there have been none in 2000

-- CorpWatch, 12/30/1999

Source URL: www.igc.org/trac/headlines/2000/2.html


The Sierra Club filed a legal action against Tyson Foods, which resulted in a 2005 settlement in which the company agreed to pay $…

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The Sierra Club filed a legal action against Tyson Foods, which resulted in a 2005 settlement in which the company agreed to pay $500,000 to study ammonia emissions at two Kentucky poultry plants, and an undisclosed amount to three nearby residents for alleged air-quality damages.

-- Christian Science Monitor, 02/15/2005

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In 2004 Tyson was one of six poultry companies to pay a $7.3 million settlement fee to the city of Tulsa Oklahoma and its utility …

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In 2004 Tyson was one of six poultry companies to pay a $7.3 million settlement fee to the city of Tulsa Oklahoma and its utility authority over charges that the companies had created phosphorus pollution in creeks and streams that feed into Lakes Eucha and Spavinaw, one of Tulsa's main drinking water sources.

-- Tulsa World, 02/05/2005

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The EPA filed an enforcement action against Tyson Foods for operating its Manchester, NH meat processing plant in violation of the…

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The EPA filed an enforcement action against Tyson Foods for operating its Manchester, NH meat processing plant in violation of the Clean Air Act. The plant contained over 10,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, an extremely hazardous toxic refrigerant, and failed to produce an adequate Risk Management Plan to the EPA. According to the EPA, "Tyson Foods risked being unable to coordinate an effective response to an accidental release of anhydrous ammonia."

-- Environment Protection Agency, 07/14/2004

Source URL: www.epa.gov/oecaagct/lcaaenf.html#rmp


Tyson Foods pleaded guilty to 20 felony violations of the Clean Water Act for discharges from its poultry processing plant near Se…

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Tyson Foods pleaded guilty to 20 felony violations of the Clean Water Act for discharges from its poultry processing plant near Sedalia, Mo. The Sedalia plant processes approximately 1 million chickens per week, generating hundreds of thousands of gallons of wastewater each day. Tyson dumped untreated and inadequately treated wastewater into nearby waterways from 1996 to 2001. The company agreed to pay $7.5 million in fines to the U.S. and Missouri governments, the Justice Department said.

-- U.S. Department of Justice, 06/25/2003

Source URL: www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2003/June/03_enrd_383.htm


Ethics and Governance

Tyson Foods Inc. was ordered to pay $871,000 collectively to 13 plaintiffs, who filed a discrimination lawsuit.…

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Tyson Foods Inc. was ordered to pay $871,000 collectively to 13 plaintiffs, who filed a discrimination lawsuit. In August 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and 13 African America workers alleged racial discrimination against Tyson Foods claiming the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the EEOC, two black employees complained to Tyson of a situation in their Ashland, Alabama plant where a bathroom facility was kept locked and would often have signs posted outside stating "Out of Order" and "Whites Only." Tyson denies violating any laws but has agreed to take additional steps to ensure the prevention of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the Ashland chicken processing facility.

-- U.S. Newswire, 11/08/2006

Source URL: releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=75966


Tyson Foods agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle discrimination allegations.…

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Tyson Foods agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle discrimination allegations. The Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs alleged that Tyson Foods discriminated against 1,354 female applicants and 998 minority applicants for entry-level positions in three chicken processing plants in Arkansas and one in Oklahoma. These allegations emerged during government compliance evaluations from 2002 to 2004. The settlement money with compensate over 2,500 people.

-- Reuters, 09/27/2006

Source URL: today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=businessNews&storyID=2006...


In 2005, Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods Inc, John H.…

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In 2005, Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods Inc, John H. Tyson, made over $5.54 million in total compensation including stock option grants from Tyson Foods Inc. From previous years' stock option grants, the executive cashed out $8,550 in stock option exercises. Tyson has an additional $11.67 million in unexercised stock options from previous years.

-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006

Source URL: www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/paywatch/ceou/database.cfm?tkr=TSN&pg=1


Tyson Foods is among the companies that together have paid millions of dollars to settle federal government allegations that they …

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Tyson Foods is among the companies that together have paid millions of dollars to settle federal government allegations that they had violated U.S. trade embargoes against rogue nations. The company reportedly shipped $250,000 worth of frozen chicken parts to Iraq through a broker in Jordan, violating the US trade embargo with Iraq. Tyson Foods paid a fine of $150,000 to settle the allegations. A Tyson Foods spokesman said the shipment was made by Hudson Foods, which was acquired by Tyson in 1998."When we purchased Hudson we acquired all the assets and liabilities, this being a liability.We weren't aware this activity occurred until after the purchase."

-- Washington Post, 07/03/2002

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In 2002 BusinessWeek named Tyson Foods as having one of the worst corporate boards.…

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In 2002 BusinessWeek named Tyson Foods as having one of the worst corporate boards. The company was cited for having 10 of its 15 board members somehow tied to the company, including seven who have extensive business dealings. Additionally the company's CEO got a $2.1 million bonus for negotiating the acquisition of meatpacker IBP in a year when net income fell 42%.

-- Business Week, 10/07/2002

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