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Tyson Rewards Frontline Workers With Over $ 50 Million In Year-End Bonuses |  Local news

DAKOTA CITY – Tyson Foods is distributing $ 50 million in year-end bonuses to its frontline and hourly workers, including 7,850 workers at the meat company’s four factories in Siouxland.

One-time bonuses for approximately 80,000 eligible employees will range from $ 300 to $ 700, depending on seniority, and will be distributed starting this month.

“This is yet another way for us to thank you and to show how grateful we are for the efforts of our frontline teams to keep our mutual security, our business strong, and our world nurtured over the year. past, “said Tyson President and CEO Donnie King. in a statement Monday. “As 2021 presented many challenges, our entire Tyson team continued to tackle them, head on. “

Approximately 3,880 frontline workers at Tyson’s flagship Dakota City plant will be eligible for the bonuses. The sprawling complex is by far the largest employer of the Sioux City metro.

Approximately 1,270 employees at Tyson’s hog plant in Madison, Neb., And approximately 2,700 workers at the company’s pork and turkey plants in Storm Lake, Iowa, are also eligible for the bonuses.

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Tyson said he has invested more than $ 500 million in pay raises and thank you bonuses for frontline workers in the past year.

With an average hourly wage of over $ 18, plus the value of medical, dental and vision insurance, vacations and other benefits, the average total compensation of hourly team members has increased to over $ 24. per hour, or an annual value of more than $ 50,000, according to Tyson.

This figure does not include overtime, an option chosen by many employees or other incentives. For example, as part of the company’s efforts to protect its U.S. workforce from COVID-19, the company paid $ 200 to frontline team members who were fully vaccinated.

Tyson said he’s looking for other ways to better support his frontline workforce. In addition to salary increases and signing bonuses, it offers more flexible working hours at some facilities and, from January 1, paid sick leave. The company also opened seven health centers to give frontline team members and their families easier access to high-quality health care, in most cases at no cost.

“Tyson wants to be the most wanted place to work, period,” King said. “Our frontline team members tell us that higher pay is important, but that’s only part of the story – they also want more flexibility and more voice over their time. In rural parts of the country, they don’t want to have to travel miles to see the doctor. Everything we do is because our team members are at the heart of our business and its future success. “

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