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Workers react Tyson job cuts

WALLULA, Wash. - Five hundred jobs are cut at Tyson Foods in Wallula.  The majority of workers live in the Tri-Cities.

23-year-old Eric Finley has been working at the Tyson plant for eight months.  He is upset by the news of workers being let go.  He said, "It sucks royally.  I feel bad for them because they're stuck stranded looking for something to stay alive."

Finley is from Kennewick.  His primary job at the plant is moving boxes.  He said he is afraid of losing his job.  He said, "With less meat being produced it means less boxes so not everyone's going to be needed to load the trailers."

Tyson Management said they do not plan on laying off any more workers. 

Cattle is slaughtered at a plant in Boise, ID and shipped to the Wallula plant for processing.  The plant in Boise is closing which forced the Tyson plant to cut back on its workforce.

Finley said workers inside the plant are upset by the news.  He explains the environment inside the plant, "a bit on the tense side.  I think everyone is being effected by it, if not job wise at least psychology."

He said, "The fact that five hundred are leaving, it gets stuck in peoples mind."

Tyson Management said they are offering workers incentives to move to other plants in Kansas and Nebraska.  They blame a reduction in cattle being brought into the United States as one of the main reasons for job cuts.