If Agriprocessors CEO (and its Vice President) Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin's nephew is telling the truth, the answer is…
…yes. (And, as noted a bit earlier today, it would seem, the OU might very well be in on the deal.)
The Jewish Week reports:
…Another member of the Rubashkin family, a grandson of the founder also named Sholom Rubashkin, is a nephew of the Sholom Rubashkin in the announcement. In an interview Tuesday with The Jewish Week, he said that his uncle “wasn’t let go. He was the head of accounting and purchasing, and was referred to as the CEO, but to say he was let go is very inappropriate.” The younger Shalom Rubashkin, 26, has worked at the Postville, Iowa, slaughterhouse for two years in accounting.…
Young Sholom Rubashkin said that he had no knowledge of some of the allegations detailed by the federal government in its affidavit for the search warrant that led to the arrests, and that others — including that a methamphetamine lab was operating in the plant and that a supervisor blindfolded and beat an employee — “are ridiculous.”
“Do you think we’re slave drivers over here?” he asked. He finds the boycotting campaigns “hypercritical,” he said, because they are based on allegations rather than fact.
He said that while production at the slaughterhouse has not yet returned to full capacity, “it is growing by the day.”…
Apparently the young Sholom Rubashkin failed to notice 290 guilty pleas this week, 290 facts on the ground that remove some of this mess from its previous status of (well-informed) allegation.
The Jewish Week also interviewed Menachem Lubinsky, who is now correctly identified as Agriprocessors spokesman:
Responding to the boycott efforts, AgriProcessors spokesman Menachem Lubinsky said: “Company officials are saying at this point give us our day in court before you do anything. Nobody’s been charged or indicted. They’re hoping not to be charged ... Some say with new management they may avoid it.”…
And that is the real point of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin's "replacement." If company officials are charged – which still seems likely – Rubashkin can claim to be under new management, and the OU can claim to be sticking with Agriprocessors because of the "steps" Aaron Rubashkin will have taken to bring in new management.
It's a shell game, a street corner game of chance where the house always wins in the end.
The Jewish Week also does a survey of sorts to see if calls for boycotting Agriprocessors have taken hold. What it found can be summed up this way: The more Orthodox the consumer, the less the consumer cares about Agriprocessors abuse of workers, animals and US law.
Here's how the Jewish Week says the raid and its aftermath have played out in the heavily haredi Flatbush neighborhood:
…[A]t Glatt Mart, a kosher supermarket and butcher in Flatbush, Brooklyn, which sells some 75,000 pounds of meat monthly and claims to be the largest purveyor of kosher meat in the world, owner Dov Bauman said “I have not had one person ask me about which meat is Rubashkin’s.
“A lot of people ask me if I have inside information about what happened” in Postville, he said. But that’s not changing the way his customers shop. “People are aware that something happened at Rubashkin. But no one says they don’t want a product because it’s Rubashkin.”
Unable to see the moral and ethical intent of Jewish law through the trees of its minutia, haredim are once again showing the world that breaking US law, abusing and stealing from "goyyim", abusing animals and other crimes do not effect a Jew's standing in the haredi community.