Tyson Foods Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform; Company Educates Workers on Efforts

Apr 07, 2006, 01:00 ET from Tyson Foods, Inc.

    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
     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
     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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