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Get rid of those pesky outspoken workers, there's plenty more where they came from -- is that how it works? 

 

 

It sets an example for the rest of the workers, keep your head down, work hard, don't complain, it's all about control. 


Agree 100%  That's exactly how it works.



    

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Get rid of those pesky outspoken workers, there's plenty more where they came from -- is that how it works? 

 

 

It sets an example for the rest of the workers, keep your head down, work hard, don't complain, it's all about control. 

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A few egregious things stood out to me on the MS raids.  One -- that it was on the first day of school.  Who does that?  Two -- it was at poultry processing plants, one of the most disgusting places to hold a job that most people would not do (as pointed out in another thread), so not like jobs were being stolen.  And three -- what about the employer?  The company skates?

 

ICE claims this had been in the planning for awhile, long before the shootings occurred and Trump's 'obligatory' sympathy visits.  I'll give them a bye on this, but can you be any more disruptive?!

 

Now, I am not advocating breaking the law (illegal is illegal) or jobs for all undocumented immigrants (even if no one else will take the job), but now we learn Koch paid out a $3.75 million settlement in a EEOC suit just last year?  Get rid of those pesky outspoken workers, there's plenty more where they came from -- is that how it works?   Koch needs to held accountable, too, and NOT only for its hiring practices. 

 

Food for thought next time you're eating that fried chicken or grilled chicken sandwich.



    

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https://truthout.org/video/mississippi-ice-raids-targeted-workers-who-fought-for-better-conditions/

 

Mississippi ICE Raids Targeted Workers Who Fought for Better Conditions

 

 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history.

 

The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday’s raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging the company with sexual harassment, national origin and race discrimination, and retaliation against Latino workers at one of its Mississippi plants.

 

Labor activists say it’s the latest raid to target factories where immigrant workers have organized unions, fought back against discrimination or challenged unsafe and unsanitary conditions. We speak with Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and L. Patricia Ice, legal projects director at the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance.

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AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show looking at the fallout from the massive raid in Mississippi, where Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history.

 

Officials say 300 detainees have now been released for, quote, “humanitarian” reasons.

The roundup of mostly Latino immigrant workers came as Latinos around the country said they already felt shaken and targeted after the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, where an alleged white nationalist gunman, who killed 22 people, had published an online manifesto that echoed President Trump’s rhetoric about an “invasion” of immigrants.

 

The mass arrests came as President Trump was in El Paso, supposedly there to comfort the victims who survived in the hospital. None of the eight victims in the hospital in El Paso would see him.

 

The mass arrests in Mississippi also came on the first day of the school year there and left scores of children traumatized and crying for their parents. Some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. This is 11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio speaking with Mississippi CBS affiliate WJTV.

 

 

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