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Hyrum Meat Plant Implementing Safety Measures, Pay Increase For Workers During Pandemic

Meat packing plants are struggling to process enough livestock for consumers during COVID-19.  Producers say consumers are stocking up on essentials, including meat, during a time when protecting processing plant employees can be difficult.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union represents meet processing plant workers for JBS, which has a meatpacking plant in Hyrum.  They have announced that beginning Monday, 1,200  workers at the Hyrum plant  are getting a $4-per-hour pay hike, plus increased safety measures, at work. JBS workers will have access to personal protection equipment like masks, gloves and face shields and the company will install plexiglass shields where social distancing is impossible.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.