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Nash, Wilson officials in mediation talks about Sanderson Farms

There are 7 comments on the Rocky Mount Telegram story from Apr 18, 2012, titled Nash, Wilson officials in mediation talks about Sanderson Farms. In it, Rocky Mount Telegram reports that:

Nash County and Wilson city officials were in mediation on Tuesday and Wednesday to try and resolve differences over a proposal to build a Sanderson Farms chicken processing plant in Southern Nash County, several sources said.

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Nash County Tax Payer

Clayton, NC

#1 Apr 18, 2012
Yes they are in meetings with City Officials.Never are they concerned about the people who own the lands with private wells for drinking water. Sanderson Farms chicken houses will produce waste which will be dumped on our lands.The waste from their plant will be treated before spraying on lands in Nash County officials have chosen close to the Wilson County line.Sanderson never talks about the dangers of the waste not treated. Never do they say chicken manure for fertilizer can only be applied before a crop is planted,unlike fertilizer. Which means it has to be put down @ tons per acre. Never do they talk about the waste. WHY? Why do they want to relocate here? Check out what Nash Officials are offering them in tax breaks & purchasing the land. I have lived in Nash County ALL MY LIFE & if I do not pay my own taxes everyone knows what will happen.So Sanderson Farms DO NOT COME TO MY COUNTY & DUMP ON ME AND HAVE MY TAXES GO UP TO PAY YOUR WAY!

United States

#2 Aug 10, 2012
They will also hire a lot of convicts. That's has happen at there other plants. I would check into that. The sanderson farms in waco texas has a lot of sex ofenders working at it. The mangers are not felons but there hourly employees are mostly convicts since no one else will do the work. I guess they hire them for the job certainly looks that way in waco texas.

Apex, NC

#3 Aug 11, 2012
I wish you green people would go away. People have to eat. I love Sanderson Chicken!!!! You nuts cannot make one difference for the better in this land. Ha Ha.
Nash Resident
#4 Aug 16, 2012
Chicken plant under fire over work environment.
unsafe, racially insensitive climate at large poultry processor.

HAZLEHURST A union representing workers at a Sanderson Farms chicken-processing plant here says the company has created an unsafe, racially insensitive work environment at the facility.

Officials with Collins-based Laborers International Union of North America Local 693 are calling on the Laurel poultry producer to create safer working conditions at the plant and to treat its workers with more respect.

"(Sanderson Farms) has more pride in their product than they do their people," said Sherri Jones, a field representative for the union. "This is 2012, and things need to change."

The company would not comment Friday on the accusations, including claims that a white supervisor told a black employee that the plant's workers were considered "slaves."

The plant employs about 700 people, but Jones said not all are union members. Jones and several others who spoke to reporters outside the plant's front gate Friday say employees have to work in an environment where indoor temperatures can top 100 degrees during the summer without being allowed to take water or bathroom breaks or have adequate air conditioning.

They allege worker bathrooms are decrepit and unsafe to use, and that what is typically a high turnover rate at the plant is marked by many older or unionized employees being let go.

"There was no air. It was hot. It was nasty," said Chris Jefferson, who worked at the plant for four years before being fired, he says, for confronting a supervisor over working conditions.

"They never sprayed down anything. I would almost pass out," the Hazlehurst resident said.

Organizers of Friday's news conference displayed several blow-up photographs of what they described as cut arms and calloused, swollen hands of workers who suffer "repetitive-motion" injuries on the job while cutting and processing as many as 200,000 chickens per day.

The fast-paced production means workers are prone to injury and can't work as effectively, said Tennie White, an environmental consultant for the Coalition of Communities for Environmental Justice, a Hattiesburg nonprofits network that addresses various social issues.

"Put more people on the line if you're going to process 200,000 chickens," she said.

Trente Dixon has been at the plant for 15 years but he hasn't worked in four months since suffering a stroke away from the work site that has put him in a wheelchair.

He says he has permanent ringing in one ear and severe headaches.

He contends Sanderson Farms didn't let him know of certain benefits he could have utilized during his recovery and that the company delayed disability payments.

Jones said the issue has since been resolved, though, after the union took up his case.

"I really enjoyed working for Sanderson Farms and they did me like this," Dixon said. "They didn't want to pay me."

The union has about 500,000 members, mostly in the construction and public-service sectors.

Apex, NC

#5 Aug 16, 2012
There are two sides to all stories. I have not heard from Sanderson Farm people nor from any investigative team that should be inspecting the facility, if all that is alledged, is happening. There was video of one turkey processing plant where workers were abusing the birds in a big time way. People have to go through the proper channels to get complaints resolved and to expose bad conditions. OSHA sounds like a good place to start and a TV Reporter (trouble shooter) needs to make an annonymous visit to the plant to verify the complaints. One cannot video tape hot air and bad smells. If Sanderson Farm is guilty of these offenses, I will never buy their chicken again either.

United States

#6 Aug 27, 2012
y'all may need a union AT this plant or sanderson farms may treat the employees bad.

Paynesville, MN

#7 Sep 15, 2012
I live beside a Sanderson chicken house in South Georgia Since it was put beside my house several years ago my life has become a nightmare. I have contacted Sanderson's, The Ag Dept, Health Det, you name it, no one will help. The odor from these houses make life unbearable. Our once enjoyable "outside" life is gone. There are days the stench is so bad it will make you physically ill. If you think this is a joke you are wrong. I would warn anyone who even thinks a chicken house is going up near them to fight it to the bitter end. Your life will never be the same. We no longer have family get togethers because no one wants to come to our house - you can't have a barbecue and then eat after smelling that. Our property value has decreased, even tough not on paper, no one would ever buy our place if they got a good whiff of what they would have to live with.

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