Workers protest over bathroom breaks at chicken plant in Morganton

Workers protest over bathroom breaks at chicken plant in Morganton

MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) - A few dozen protesters marched outside of the Case Farms chicken processing plant in Morganton, hoping to meet with company officials.

They were concerned about conditions for workers inside the facility. Former workers said one big problem for those currently on the job is a lack of bathroom access when they need it.

Irma Matom says she worked there until two months ago. She claims daytime workers get breaks every one and a half to two hours. But late afternoon and nighttime workers, she said, stay on the processing lines six to seven hours at a stretch.

Hunter Ogletree of the Western North Carolina Worker Center said pregnant women are especially hard hit.

"People are compelled to wear diapers," he said.

The protestors carried a letter they wanted to hand off to company officials with the hope of "starting a dialogue with workers," said Ogletree.

A security officer stopped the group from entering company property but took the letter with a promise to give it to officials inside the building.

WBTV called the front desk of Case Farms and asked to speak with the plant manager. They sent a statement Monday evening.

Case Farms has recently been targeted by the Western North Carolina Workers Center and Interfaith Worker Justice at the Morganton division
regarding working conditions. We respectfully disagree with the allegations made by the aforementioned parties.

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