The union group Change to Win testified today before the US Senate Committee on Employment and Workplace Safety.
Who's names were mentioned?
The Rubashkin family and their series of kosher slaughterhouses, including Agriprocessors of Postville, Iowa…
Here is the section of the testimony mentioning Agriprocessors and Rubashkin:
AgriProcessors is one of the world’s largest kosher meat producers. The company is based inHere is a PDF of the transcript of the entire testimony:Download agriprocessors_senate_testimony.pdf
Postville, Iowa where it employs over 800 people and produces beef, poultry, turkey and lamb.
The company has a smaller plant in Gordon, Nebraska, which employs roughly 100 workers.
AgriProcessors produces meat products under brands such as Aaron’s Best, Aaron’s Choice and
Rubashkin’s. The company’s products are sold at well-known retailers such as Trader Joe’s and
The plant has been the center of controversies for a variety of issues, including health and safety
and environmental issues. In the period of April 2001 to February 2006, OSHA records show no
less than twenty violations at AgriProcessors Postville plant. Of these, twelve were identified by
OSHA as serious. An examination of the Postville plant’s OSHA 300 logs reveals five
amputations along with dozens of other serious injuries such as broken bones, eye injuries and
On March 20, 2008, the Iowa Occupational Health and Safety Agency (IOSHA) cited
AgriProcessors with 39 new health and safety violations with proposed fines totaling $180,000.
For perspective, in 2007, IOSHA issued 19 violations for all meatpacking plants in Iowa with
fines totaling over $120,000.
From 2000 to 2008, numerous reports in the media and a 2006 investigation by an independent
commission of Rabbis have revealed numerous cases of training, job favoritism, and unsafe conditions.57
[Hat Tip: The Jewish State.]