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NYT: How Tyson Foods and its greedy demand for cheap immigrant labor ‘saved’ an Iowa town

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 1, 2017

That is pretty much the gist of the New York Times story here about Storm Lake, Iowa.

The opening paragraphs give the message that I, and others before me, have been giving for years.  When big global corporations like Tyson Foods discovered cheap (first illegal) immigrant labor and now legal refugees, the cultural make-up of American heartland towns was changed forever.

We told you here last November that the Obama State Department was making Storm Lake a direct resettlement site. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/storm-lake-iowa-filling-americas-dead-spots-with-diversity/

The NYT spins it as a feel-good story as this town that features a PORK (no Muslim laborers) plant would have died.

My question is, why would it have died? If Tyson had kept up the wages over the years, there would be more generations of rural Americans who would consider this work (if they weren’t brainwashed in liberal colleges that is)?

It is especially maddening because immigrant wages stay low and you (taxpayers) help support the families with your welfare dollars. Wow! What a business model!

I’m posting this story for a reason other than the fact that it confirms what I have been yammering about for years—-refugee resettlement is about labor, not first and foremost ‘humanitarianism’ by our government and its resettlement contractors***.  But, I am posting it to give readers an example of what you can do!

Here are the opening paragraphs about how Tyson Foods is ‘saving’ a town:

STORM LAKE, Iowa — When Dan Smith first went to work at the pork processing plant in Storm Lake in 1980, pretty much the only way to nab that kind of union job was to have a father, an uncle or a brother already there. The pay, he recalled, was $16 an hour, with benefits — enough to own a home, a couple of cars, a camper and a boat, while your wife stayed home with the children.

“It was the best-paying job you could get, 100 percent, if you were unskilled,” said Mr. Smith, now 66, who followed his father through the plant gates.

After nearly four decades at the plant, most of them as a forklift driver, Mr. Smith is retiring this month.

The union is long gone, and so are most of the white faces of men who once labored in the broiling heat of the killing floor and the icy chill of the production lines. What hasn’t changed much is Mr. Smith’s hourly wage, which is still about $16 an hour, the same as when he started 37 years ago. Had his wages kept up with inflation, he would be earning about $47 an hour.

Continue reading here to see what meatpackers have done to Storm Lake.

One more thing, you will see if you read it all is that the NYT is out to get Rep. Steve King (no surprise!).

So what can you do?

Readers ask me all the time, what can they do to help get the message out.  I’ll try to write a comprehensive (as comprehensive as I can) post in the coming days about what you can do, but here is what one reader did because every little bit helps! (I’ll make a new category and call it ‘What you can do’ for ideas like this!)

She actually took the time to comment to the NYT. 

The comments are closed now, but please have a look and see what readers of the NYT said, here.  The NYT probably did not appreciate the tone of many of them! (When you open that previous link, the comments should pop-up in the right hand side bar, they do on mine.)

Here is our reader:

D Flinchum
Blacksburg, VA

It should be clear from this article that the influx of cheap foreign labor is for the benefit of the company owners. Pay low wages w/no benefits, but because low wages don’t often pay for a 1st-world life, shift the cost to the community at large by gov social services and higher costs for housing, lower quality schools, and ER health care.

The refugee program has become a recruiting system for Big Meat. It is made out to be some great humanitarian system and anybody who opposes it is called a heartless bigot. This is nothing more than gas-lighting – trying to make people who see the truth believe something that they can see isn’t so by calling them names. It’s just like a philandering husband trying to gas-light his wife into thinking that she is crazy for suggesting he is out partying with Marcia in Marketing instead of working late when he comes home half drunk with lipstick on his shirt.

It is also important to note that most of these new workers and their children qualify for affirmative action. It is likely that these new workers’ children who do go on to college will be able to take advantage of programs not available to the white working class kids who might also be interested in advancing into the professions.

As one man in the article said, it’s hard to have ill feelings for someone just trying for a better life, but the company owners already have a good life and it is they who should be held accountable.

Thus we have Trump in the WH.

See our tag ‘Meatpackers’ for many more stories about BIG MEAT changing America. Don’t miss this one about meatpackers worried about the Trump ‘proposed’ slowdown.

*** US federally-funded refugee resettlement contractors are paid by the head (by you!) to bring migrant laborers to your American towns and cities:

 

16 Responses to “NYT: How Tyson Foods and its greedy demand for cheap immigrant labor ‘saved’ an Iowa town”

  1. TwoLaine said

    Here’s the video on this story from Tucker’s show last night.

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  2. TwoLaine said

    ICYMI, Tucker Carlson discussed this NYT article on his show last night.

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  3. Anyone who believes this is all about profit hasn’t been paying attention. What margins they make at Tyson or other conglomerates are seriously overshadowed by the complete economic collapse. This so-called “service” economy has finally croaked. Retail is zeroing out. They can point to Amazon, but its hardly small and bargain retailers that are just being phased out. High end chains like Macy’s are also dying.
    This is about political, not mere economic change. Any good businessman knows you have to spend money to make it. The Retail Apocalypse you are seeing is the Total Economic Collapse in Real Time. Its already happened. The Housing Crisis was the Economy Dying. Real Estate should be a recession proof business. Like Lex Luthor said in that first Superman Movie, people will pay through the nose for land. Unless there is no money to begin with.
    Globalism is slavery. Its not mere profit. Its permanent serf status for anyone not at the top. Only mortal injury can halt such a naked and evil power grab. They are remaking the West into a Soviet Gulag State like the Warsaw Pact and China. Communist China was not picked as the Main “Global” Partner for Nothing. Communist China is what they are trying to build here. This is War.

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    • TwoLaine said

      “Retail is zeroing out.”

      Retail is dying because they got political, service is poor to non-existent, prices are too high, theft is too high, AND because of the push for $15ph AND “FREE” healthcare for PART-Timers.

      Macy’s Killed themselves, when they Killed their TRUMP Line and insulted American citizens. Self-inflicted wounds, almost all of these brick and mortar retailers. People vote with their wallets. Why be treated like crap in person when you can probably get it cheaper online?!!!!!

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  4. futuret said

    I WOULD SAY WE SHOULD NOT ACCEPT ANYONE. THINGS SHOULD BE DONE EXACTLY LIKE ELLIS ISLAND. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THIS COUNTRY RUN LIKE WATER WITH DISEASES, UNLIKE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. THEY HIRE THEM WHO KNOWS WHAT DISEASES THEY CARRY. OUR FOOD IS BEING CONTAMINATED BECAUSE OF THEM LIKE IT IS, IN THE LAST DECADE, WE HAVE NEVER HAD SO MANY FOOD RECALLS. WHO KNOWS THEY COULD USE MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS ON US. MOREOVER, SOME OF THEM DO NOT WASH THEIR HANDS AFTER USING THE RESTROOMS, AND IN AMERICA THIS IS MANDATORY. I HAVE SEEN TOILET SEATS WITH URINE ON THEM, AND TOILET PAPER WITH EXCREMENT PLACED IN BASKETS, ALL DUE TO A CULTURE THING.

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  5. From a business POV, this makes sense. Tyson makes the taxpayer essentially provide a subsidy for the low wages through food stamps and other commodities programs, rental assistance programs, and taxpayer funded health care and retirement. All this and most corporations are multinational, not American, so we wind up getting stuck paying for the benefits and wage increases these multinationals should be paying for, plus we get all of the other environmental and cultural fallout from importing foreigners into our communities.

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  6. Anyone but Muslims. They see non Muslims as if they were chickens.

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  7. I was raised in a typical small farming town in Indiana a meat packing plant was brought there in the 70’s paying normal wages it was a plus for the town except for the smells. Then the Union was busted during Reagan era, Illegals imported, wages in 1983 were about $11 and in 2005 about $9. Just visited the town with about 20-25% illegal earning poverty wages very depressed and shoddy this is saving a town?

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  8. Pat Greiner said

    Great article from reader. She is spot on. Thanks Ann

    Cheers!

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  9. TwoLaine said

    BTW, this is the same business model as Wal-Mart. They first destroy business on Main Street America, and then we subsidize their employees, plus we subsidize their businesses through SNAP. They’ve also done everything they could to cash in on ObamaCare $$$ as well. Big business wants ObamaCare to stay, because they will dump their employees onto it and let the rest of us cover the costs. They get FAT on our backs.

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  10. TwoLaine said

    In order to SAVE these towns they first had to DESTROY them, their people and their 24/7/365 way of life. Death taxes are a KILLER of family farms and towns. Regulations pick up where they leave off.

    Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
    https://westcityfilms.com/tc/

    Farming in Fear: The Story of Martha Boneta and Lberty Farms

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  11. Bob Enos said

    This is the 21st century version of the “Plantation Economy” in America. Cotton and tobacco growers said they could not compete without slave labor. Today, meatpackers complain they can’t compete without refugee and immigrant labor. Where slavetraders imported Africans to America, now the likes of Lutheran Social Services fills the role, with a wink and a nod to the United Nations and the US State Department; and a middle finger to the American taxpayer, who foots the bills.

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  12. WOULD ANY OF YOU, want these ‘refugees’ on Government Assistance OR would you like them with JOBS ?

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