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Jun 15, 2006

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Robert

It's amazing that this still happens. I'd be curious to find out the percentage of immigrant workers that Smithfield employs for these jobs.

Ekkie

Human Rights Watch has done 2 investigations in recent years into the horrifying working conditions and union busting in NC pork.

The first was about union busting with a case study on NC pork workers
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2000/uslabor/

The second was specifically about the meatpaking industry
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2005/usa0105/

Some quotes from NC SMithfield workers in the meatpacking report:

“I just couldn’t take the pain anymore. Three times I slipped and fell on the greasy floor. The first time I went to the clinic, and they told me I just hurt my pride and to go back to work. The last time I fell, the clinic sent me back to work again.” [A few days later, a hospital diagnosed this worker with herniated disc.]
—hog worker, North Carolina (p. 65)

“The line is so fast there is no time to sharpen the knife. The knife gets dull and you have to cut harder. That’s when you cut yourself.”
—hog worker, North Carolina (p. 35)

“My supervisor said if we sign a union card the company will find out and fire us.”
—hog worker, North Carolina (p. 93)

“We went on strike because management fired the supervisors who backed us up. One manager threatened to call Immigration if we didn’t go back right away.”
—hog worker, North Carolina (p. 97)

John Godwin

“We went on strike because management fired the supervisors who backed us up. One manager threatened to call Immigration if we didn’t go back right away.”

Another reason to FINE the companies that hire ILLEAGALS!

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