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GAO says climate of “fear” in chicken plants where refugee workers are part of the workforce

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 11, 2017

We have been reporting for years about the meatpacking industry, what we call BIG MEAT and BIG CHICKEN, having discovered the great advantages of hiring immigrant and refugee laborers (foreign-born the GAO calls them) who will work for lower wages (this industry once did pay good wages) and complain less than American workers who understand the laws that protect them.

We believe it is this industry and a few other large companies in the food processing industry that are the largest drivers behind the refugee resettlement program and thus the reason that the Republican-led, Chamber of Commerce-dominated, Congress does not initiate reform of the US Refugee Admissions Program.

Fundamental question:

Should the US State Department and its nine ‘non-profit’ contractors be supplying refugee labor to giant global corporations using taxpayer dollars?

Here is news that the GAO actually looked in to the problems in chicken plants that largely involve workers who fear to report problems involving safety.  The new report is here.

 

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We learned in the GAO report that nearly a half a million workers are employed in the meat and poultry industry. I’ll bet the turnover is high requiring ever greater demand for new refugees to fill those jobs.   http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688294.pdf

 

I wonder, do the refugee resettlement agencies that actively place their refugee “clients” in to meat and chicken plants know about all this and turn a blind eye. 

I’m thinking specifically of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service that signed contracts recently with JBS Swift and Tyson Foods to help them acquire and train refugee workers.  So much for humanitarianism!

(After I began writing this post I found many more stories in other news outlets about the findings, but I had already snipped this one, maybe not the best one, and was too lazy to start over!)

From Infozine:

For several years, Oxfam and a coalition of allies and experts have been exposing the dark underbelly of labor conditions in the poultry industry.

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Does Linda Hartke, who signed contracts with two global meatpacking companies, know about the “dark underbelly of labor conditions” in the plants.

Boston, MA – infoZine – Oxfam’s concerns were recently confirmed by the GAO, after it conducted direct interviews with poultry processing workers in five states.*** The central underlying problem is the pervasive climate of fear inside poultry plants; when workers are afraid to report issues, OSHA and other inspection agencies are unable to detect or investigate problems.

Eighteen months after the GAO issued a report confirming that poultry workers face inordinate health and safety hazards and that many of these problems go under-reported, a follow-up investigation calls on all three federal agencies– the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture– to improve ways for workers to communicate issues without fear of retaliation.

“The health and safety problems that workers face in poultry processing plants have been exacerbated in the past year due to a growing climate of fear and oppression in an industry where workers are mostly immigrants, refugees, and people of color,” said Alex Galimberti, Senior Advocacy and Collaborations Advisor for Oxfam America. “Every day, workers experience problems, such as denial of treatment for repetitive motion injuries, lack of access to bathroom breaks, and sexual harassment. Most of the time, they feel unsafe reporting these issues to federal agencies or to top level management.”

By the way there have been lots of stories lately about small and medium-sized towns fighting the placement of new meat or poultry plants in their communities. Many citizens object to the environmental problems and the influx of immigrant/refugee labor drawn to the town bringing with it cultural upheaval.  This is a new angle—health and safety problems in the workplace.

***The five states where plants were investigated were: : Arkansas, Delaware, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Virginia.

15 Responses to “GAO says climate of “fear” in chicken plants where refugee workers are part of the workforce”

  1. futuret said

    A LITTLE TASTE AT TRUE DIVERSITY IN REALITY:

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/31/chinese-cannibalism-infant-flesh-outrages-world/

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  2. gerry d welder said

    The Truth They Hide

    Creeping Sharia: The ISLAMIZATION of the WEST  

    Women Defend Yourselves

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  3. Is it smart to allow potential terrorists to be working around food which we consume? They could poison us. Hello. We need to boycott those employing them. List the companies and post this all over the web. Then it may make it on the air so people cease eating this and eat another brand. Or pass on chicken and eat beef,fish,lamb,pasta, or what ever if there is no company that does not hire Islamic people.

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  4. futuret said

    MY LATE FATHER WAS A MEAT CUTTER, A MEAT MANAGER, AND A MEAT INSPECTOR FOR THE STATE OF LOUISIANA; HE WOULD BE RIOTING IF HE WERE ALIVE, THEIR GOAL IS TO HAVE US EAT EVERYTHING EVERYONE ELSE EATS IN THE THIRD WORLD. IT IS GETTING TO THE POINT THAT WE DO NOT KNOW, WHAT IN THE HELL WE ARE EATING:

    http://www.getholistichealth.com/48837/contaminated-food-from-china-now-entering-the-u-s-under-the-organic-label/

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  5. Reblogged this on islamnewworldorder and commented:
    Ann, to be sure I tell you, “The last thing you are is ‘too lazy'”
    Be sure to put your spotlight on this Linda Hartke character, CEO of LIRS…strange how that acronym always makes me think: LIARS!
    Anyway, about Ms. Hartke, have you ever seen a more libtard looking person?
    (Sorry, but I have NO love for the people running these SCAM agencies.)

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  6. futuret said

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/diversity-not-america-apos-strength-191811904.html

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  7. sturandot13 said

    “Should the US State Department and its nine ‘non-profit’ contractors be supplying refugee labor to giant global corporations using taxpayer dollars?”

    NO!

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  8. If anyone wants to start a blog, as Ann Corcoran likes to say, there is plenty of material. What’s on my mind, though I don’t have time to write one, the issue I am looking at is, is everything a Trojan Horse for the Soros style communism? The reasons are too many to list here but relevant to this was the news I read last week of a new CIO at Tysons Foods from Hewlett Packard. That was such a formerly noble corporation that when its in the news I like to remember why. I just looked into it on crunchbase https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/tyson-food they haven’t added his name though, Scott Spradley.
    I have to say this could all be an offensive so everyone will be so happy with the horrible changes covertly underway.
    For example, Tyson’s is a lead investor in a company called Beyond Meat. https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/beyond-meat Yes, it’s all plant based foods. All the towns will be so relieved when these influenza infested (making that up) these cramped quarters for robot-like chicken businesses stop dragging low wage earners to town.
    Everything I read about nowadays appears to have something under the surface. In this case, control the food, control the health, control the health, control the wealth.
    If you know pesticides and GMO’s are bad but have been sufficiently numbed to the debacle, I direct you to an excellent @Newsbud report but the site is tough to navigate, seems to have constant changes as it’s user supported, pretty good, pretty crazy. In a sentence, F William Engdahl has a program on it now. During announcing it he described the adjuvants that make the glyphosates so debilitating to reproduction and more. If you are a subscriber there is an article all about it. These things are secret. It’s taken labs doing analysis outside the US with scant help from Monsanto to figure out what the secret killer sauce is. At the very least, a Trojan Horse. Let me know if there’s a blog talking about, thinking about, conversing about, considering all these massive wooden horses rolling in.

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  9. A new angle? Ever since meat processing ceased to be unionized, the industry has been characterized by substandard, unsafe working conditions. It used to be all Hispanic, and now the industry is seeking out more powerless workers. And what about sanitation? How can we expect refugees from poor countries to understand, much less follow, U.S. standards of cleanliness. We need to ditch the big chicken plants and go back to raising chickens at home and selling them to neighbors in apartments!

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      And, watch, your town will have some ordinance about no “farm animals.” One friend of mine raised her chickens in the basement to cheat the zoning police….

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  10. JH Raichyk said

    You may have some interests in common, on chicken processors and worker-displacement motivations in the insane upping of processing speeds……. best as always….

    On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 9:18 AM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “We have been reporting for years about the > meatpacking industry, what we call BIG MEAT and BIG CHICKEN, having > discovered the great advantages of hiring immigrant and refugee laborers > (foreign-born the GAO calls them) who will work for lower wages (this i” >

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  11. TwoLaine said

    “foreign-born the GAO calls them”

    No, they call them New Americans.

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  12. Not only is this very sad to learn of the immigrants’ plight, but so very very sad to see the Church groups contributing to it all.

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  13. Bob Enos said

    I’m thinking that modern meatpacking always has high turnover, so the refugee flow works just fine for them. In fact, it’s likely that the US Department Labor subsidizes 50% of the wages for up to a year and calls the subsidy “on-the-job training.” Once the subsidy is up, it’s about time for the employee to leave, and then the cycle begins all over again. So, in effect, the employers are pay $5-6 per hour indefinitely for what amounts to temps.. Medicaid or a refugee equivalent pays for health insurance, and the meatpackers have a greater windfall than Sinclair Lewis (“The Jungle”) ever imagined!

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  14. JH Raichyk said

    Mercy for Animals has circulated a link to comment on animal and worker cruelty in the chicken processing plants where the greed-insane evil management want some rule changed to UP the number of chickens slaughtered and processed per minute to an unbefreaking number like 140 slaughters per minute….. and the mfa inside spies say that such practices already in place have chickens arriving at the defeathering scalding still conscious, not to mention to workers’ mental and physical damage… ttyl…. clearly the evil management is aiming to replace americans, likely spies and whistleblowers, with what they think are inhuman isis wannabes……. ttyl, best as always…

    On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 9:18 AM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “We have been reporting for years about the > meatpacking industry, what we call BIG MEAT and BIG CHICKEN, having > discovered the great advantages of hiring immigrant and refugee laborers > (foreign-born the GAO calls them) who will work for lower wages (this i” >

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