Articles by Ryan J. Foley

Families of 3 Deceased Workers Sue Tyson Over Iowa Virus Outbreak

The families of three workers who died after contracting the coronavirus in an Iowa meat plant outbreak sued Tyson Foods and its top executives on June 25, saying the company knowingly put employees at risk and lied to keep them …

Iowa Lawmakers Dispute Finding of No Violations at Tyson Plant Despite Deaths

Iowa’s workplace safety agency says an inspection did not uncover any violations at Tyson Foods’ largest pork processing plant, where several employees died after contracting the coronavirus. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration closed its inquiry into the Tyson …

Report: Regulators Sat on Complaint as Virus Outbreak Grew at Iowa Plant

State safety regulators declined to inspect an Iowa pork plant after receiving a complaint alleging workers were exposed to the coronavirus in crowded conditions — a decision that critics said allowed a burgeoning outbreak to grow unabated. An April 11 …

Nephew: Dead Worker Had Warned Virus Was ‘Everywhere’ at Iowa Plant

In the days before his death, an Iowa meatpacking worker twice warned that the coronavirus was spreading through his plant because of its crowded spaces and lack of personal protective equipment, his nephew said. Husen Jagir, 56, died May 1, …

Despite Virus Outbreak, Midwest States Work to Keep Meat Plants Open

Governors in the Midwest are working to keep large meatpacking plants operating despite coronavirus outbreaks that have sickened hundreds of workers and threaten to disrupt the nation’s supply of pork and beef. In Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly sent personal protective …

Tyson Foods: 2 Iowa Pork Plant Employees Dead After Virus Outbreak

Two employees have died following a coronavirus outbreak that has sickened scores of Tyson Foods workers at a large pork plant in southeastern Iowa, the company said. The deaths of the workers at Tyson plant in Columbus Junction are the …

Iowa Risk Pool Criticized for Travel Seeking to Block State Audit

A group that insures local governments across Iowa is going to court to try to block the state auditor from reviewing its spending, including on board members’ travel to out-of-state vacation destinations. The Iowa Communities Assurance Pool, which is owned …

Serious Workplace Safety Violations Found After Attacks at Iowa Psych Hospital

Regulators have recommended a nearly $73,000 fine against the Iowa Department of Human Services after finding serious workplace safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital where several employees have been assaulted by combative patients. Staffers at the Independence Mental Health …

Board of Iowa Public Entities Insurance Pool Criticized for Out-of-State Travel, Expenses

Board members of an Iowa government insurance program have frequently held public meetings at posh out-of-state resorts, costing tens of thousands of dollars while making it harder for the public to attend, a review by The Associated Press shows. Directors …

3 Ex-Managers Claim U. Iowa Police Force Has Pattern of Bias

Three former managers for the University of Iowa police force claim in lawsuits that their jobs were eliminated as part of a “culture of discrimination” against older workers and other protected employees. Their lawsuits allege the university ignored complaints about …