Georgia Poultry Justice Alliance
The Georgia Poultry Justice Alliance, a project of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, is a newly formed coalition of poultry contract growes, catchers, processing workers, members of the religious community, labor organizations, environmentalists and individuals. Inspired by the successful Delmarva Poultry Justice Alliance, the GPJA seeks through the collective experience of its constituent groups, to educate policy makers, community leaders, the media, as well as the general public about the struggles of those affected by the poultry industry.
Our mission is to work with community partners, government agencies and industry representatives to create a sustainable model for the production of poultry that provides safe working conditions, fair wages and benefits for plant workers and catchers; fair contracts for poultry contract growers and reasonable environmental controls that adequately protect Georgia's waterways and drinking supplies.
Plant workers: face unsafe working conditions. The fast pace of the work, the repetitive motions, the cold temperatures, the chemicals used and unsafe equipment make the injury and illness rate one of the highest of any industry in the nation.
Growers: while demand for the product soared, poultry growers' return on their investment dropped. Giant agri-business wrote the rules in the form of unfair contracts, ensuring their profitability and shifting all the risk to the growers. As a result, many family farmers, on the land for generations, are forced to face bankruptcy and loss of their land.
Catchers: also labor under terrible and unsafe working conditions. Often, they suffer from respiratory disease due to exposure to dust, bacteria and microorganisms in the chicken houses. In addition, poultry companies avoid paying chicken catchers overtime pay or health benefits by unlawfully considering them "independent contractors."
The Community: with few, if any environmental controls, the waste from chicken houses is frequently applied to croplands already saturated with excess nutrients. These conditions have the potential to impair the drinking water supply and threaten the health and economic life of the host communites.
In the Hebrew Scriptures, every 50th year is a year of Jubilee Justice, a year of restoration of relationships that have gone awry. This is the Jubilee Year. Join Us. JOIN US NOW!
Call: The Georgia Poultry Justice Alliance at 770 330-8338