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6 JBS workers who died from COVID-19 commemorated in Greeley

The Local 7 union that represents JBS workers is held a memorial event for the workers.

GREELEY, Colo. — Six JBS workers who died from COVID-19 in the outbreak at the meat processing plan in Greeley were commemorated Sunday in Greeley.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 7 organized the memorial and streamed it on their Facebook page.

The event included remarks at UFCW Local 7 headquarters, at 1006 9th Ave. in Greeley, and speakers included Sen. Michael Bennet and family members of the workers who died.

After the speeches there was be a drive-by procession by family members and friends of the workers who died, union members and community members. The procession passed two billboards in Greeley that honor the workers, on 8th Avenue and Hwy 34.

The procession route followed this route:

  • Starting at the Union Office 1006 9th Ave.
  • 11th St. West to 11th Ave
  • 11th Ave North to H St.
  • H St. East to 8th Ave Bus.85
  • 8th Ave South to 22nd St.
  • 22nd St. East to Hwy 85
  • Hwy 85 South to Hwy 34
  • Hwy 34 West to end at Intersection of Hwy 34 and 11th Ave.

The JBS meat-packing plant closed April 16 due to an outbreak of COVID-19 and reopened about a week later. More than 100 employees at the plant contracted the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The six employees who died and who will be commemorated on Saturday are: Saul Longoria Sanchez, Tibursio Rivera López, Eduardo Conchas de la Cruz, Way Ler, Daniel Avila Loma and Tin Aye.

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