I have been meaning to write this post for a while now. When Biden put in place the federal vaccine mandate for companies hiring more than 100 employees, we Tyson poultry growers were shortly made aware of their intention to comply. While it does not affect us; that is, growers don’t have to get vaccinated, it will affect our bottom line, which is not in any way recovered from the shut-down from Covid 2020 or from the fact that people don’t have to work to make more money than they did.
We have been told that the lay-out time (time between flocks) which had just gotten back down to a 26 day time period (normal is 14 day to 21 day) was going back up to 35 days or more.
Most of the processing plant workers are black or Mexican, and those are the groups, who have more often than not chosen not to take the vaccine. No vaccine, no job. No job due to Covid, more unemployment. More unemployment, more Socialism with Universal Income the final goal, of course.
Already, Tyson has trouble filling the spaces with people. Truck drivers are gold. Catching crews (contract only) basically call the shots, because they are platinum. Nobody wants to piss off the catching crews, which are mostly black and Mexican. Growers are absolutely on the bottom of the list and are usually grateful to even have a “contract” with a poultry company.
We have two years to age 70, two old houses upgraded, but we might or might not get two more years out of them.
Sixty-eight is the prime time to take SS, so we are signing up after each of our birthdays. Lucky for us our retirement thingies pay an incredible 0.031 percent interest.
Well…sorry, I fit so much into this post. I just got carried away.