Here it is, buried in a story…
…published by the WCF Courier:
…Of the 389 administratively arrested, 62 were released on humanitarian grounds and 21 are being held on administrative charges. Of the 83 released on humanitarian grounds or held on administrative charges, 18 were juveniles ages 13 to 17 who were either released to a adult or turned over to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.…
They were arrested in the plant, folks. 18 kids. On a school day. At 10 am.
Rabbi Yisroel Salanter had this thing about not using items for mitzvot, including food, obtained unethically. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ruled produce harvested by nonunion farm workers treife because those workers were exploited by their bosses.
Based on those arrests, Rubashkin employed illegal child labor. He also allegedly withheld money from illegal workers' paychecks for "immigration fees;" forced illegals to rent housing from himself and cronies, and then jacked up the rents; extorted workers; and paid then $5 per hour.
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ruled non-union lettuce treife for less serious abuses than these.
Listen to me and listen to me good: Anyone who puts even one drop of Rubashkin meat in their mouths this Shabbos (or an any other day) takes their soul in their hands.
We were once slaves in Egypt – isn't that the story? And now we should enslave others so we can have a nice steak?
If you believe the Exodus happened, if you believe the story of Passover is true – stop eating any and all Rubashkin-produced and distributed products immediately.
Religious or not, believers or not, we all must do everything we can to make this world a better place. We should not profit from or enjoy the fruits of exploited, abused and extorted workers – even if doing so deprives you of your cholent or your rib steak.
[Hat Tip: State of the Jews.]