Saturday, May 17, 2008

Agriprocessers: Burn ‘em at the stake.

We must confess that we have a hard time reading the Register’s coverage of the Postville/Agriprocessers illegal alien/unlawful employment/identity theft scandal. The difficulty arises from the absurd angle of the coverage: the poor illegal aliens who are victims of George W. Bush’s evil Justice Department.

Tonight, however, we actually discovered some new (to us, anyway) information on one of the better local Democrat blogs.
Essential Estrogen is reporting that those swine (no pun intended) who run Agriprocessers are also under investigation for labor exploitation and food safety. Wow if ever an issue illustrates a very bipartisan need to stop illegal immigration it’s the apparent trifecta of corruption in Postville.

We obviously don’t know about the food purity but given the absurdly low wages being paid and the largely illegal labor force it sure looks and smells like labor exploitation.

Hopefully we will see indictments or massive civil penalties for the plant management and the union leaders who were ring leading the cesspool of corruption in Postville.


Anonymous said...

Burn 'em at the stake? Did I ever mention your blood-thirsty rhetoric?------Spotlight

Anonymous said...

At least he's not a snide pussy.

Art A Layman said...

I am shocked. I was under the impression that labor exploitation was part of the conservative political platform.

Maybe I missed the fine print and it's only acceptable for legal employees.

Essential Estrogen said...

Thanks for the shout out. Covering the happenings at Postville have been difficult for a wide variety of reasons.

One thing I'd like to point out is that the labor union that was hoping to organize the Postville plant asked the feds to hold off on the raid because of the ongoing investigations into labor and safety violations. (No doubt it was also due to the fact that they were hoping or organize the workers there.) So, although I completely agree with you that plant management, if found guilty, is deserving of punishment, there were no union leaders in the plant.

If even half of the information in the search warrant document is true, there were much bigger problems in Postville than just undocumented workers -- although that alone is enough as far as I'm concerned to crack down on those running the plant.