SPRINGDALE, Ark., April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) today disseminated information to its team members about the company's efforts supporting comprehensive immigration reform under consideration in the Congress (see attached). The company also wanted to share with its team members how to weigh in on the national debate regarding this important issue. "We are disappointed that the U.S. Senate failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill this week," said Ken Kimbro, senior vice president, human resources. "We hope they will do so when they return from their Easter recess, and the company will be working with the U.S. Chamber, the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, and others to see that this is accomplished." Tyson Foods' workforce is composed of a diverse population, reflecting the customers we serve and communities in which we operate and serve. Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products, which are marketed under the "Powered by Tyson(TM)" strategy. Tyson is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. The company has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Comprehensive Immigration Reform is Important to Tyson Foods How You Can Be Heard Recently, debate on U.S. immigration policy has been seen through rallies and demonstrations across the country. Tyson Foods understands and supports the right to express opinions about this critically important matter. Questions have been raised about how to effectively get your opinion heard. You can effectively express your views by writing, calling or e- mailing your U.S. Senators and Representatives to tell them you support comprehensive immigration reform. These are the officials who make the decisions. Let them know your opinion -- it counts! Your Human Resources representative can help you do this by providing names and addresses of your U.S. elected officials. If you plan to participate in an immigration reform demonstration being held during work hours, talk to your supervisor first about getting pre- approved time off, or participate during your non-working time. Please don't jeopardize your good employment record and your income, which are important to you and your future. We hope your participation will include activities that do not involve time away from work. It is important for you to maintain a good employment record. Some aspects of the Congressional debate over immigration reform and citizenship eligibility relate directly to proof of a good employment record. What Tyson Foods Supports * Our company strongly supports efforts to create a new immigration law that is fair and supports our Core Values. We have been very active in supporting groups for comprehensive immigration reform. * Our company is a member of the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC), and supports guest worker provisions and a process for undocumented workers already in the U.S. to be able to earn permanent legal status. * We are also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and have partnered with other national organizations to communicate with Congress on the importance of comprehensive immigration reform. Tyson managers have also been encouraged to share our company's views on this issue with their respective members of Congress. At Tyson, we honor and value all our Team Members and believe diversity is one of our nation's strengths. Living Our Core Values -- We strive to be a company of diverse people working together to produce food. We strive to be honorable people. Remember, if you have any questions, please talk to your Human Resources representative. Thank you.
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