It's not just GAL Investments that is reportedly pushing former Agriprocessors workers onto the streets – it is…
…Agriprocessors itself, as the Forward reports:
…Many Agriprocessors workers and their families live, or lived, in an apartment building owned by an affiliate of the company. According to Paul Ouderkirk, a priest in the church’s Hispanic ministry, residents of that building report having been suddenly threatened with eviction about a week before the end of May, on the grounds that the company needs to turn over the units to new Agriprocessors workers.
The company did not return calls for comment.…
It turns out Agriprocessors did send some food over to St. Bridget's, the Catholic Church where many former Agriprocessors workers are hiding. But the operative word here is "some":
…Agriprocessors has mostly kept a low profile since the raid, according to locals. While church workers say that the company sent over food initially, since then, Ouderkirk says, there has been “silence.” The church, though, has begun to see a stream of donations from Jewish communities outside Postville.
“We’re hearing from Jewish folks all over the country,” said Paul Real, a lay pastor in the Hispanic ministry. “They’re sending monetary contributions to the church.”…
And, as reported earlier, Rubashkin hasn't turned over a new leaf – he's still mistreating his employees:
…The plant, which has since been running at a fraction of its standard production rate, brought in replacement workers from a much smaller Agriprocessors slaughterhouse in Gordon, Neb. However, Avi Lyon, a consultant for the meatpacking union United Food and Commercial Workers, said that most of those workers have returned to Gordon because of difficult conditions in the plant and because of monetary bonuses that did not come through.…
Note the way the Forward cleans up the allegations to make them almost parve. Here is what really happened. (Please scroll down toward the end of the linked page.)
Rubashkin promised the Gordon workers large bonuses and other perks to come to work in Postville. They came and then Rubashkin reneged. Some of those workers have quit and are now stranded in Postville. A common claim by these Gordon workers is that working conditions at Agriprocessors Postville were much worse than the Gordon plant. For example, some workers were forced to work 17 hour shifts, and is is unclear when or if they will be paid for all the work they did.
The Rubashkin family treats their workers like slaves, and by this I do not mean the way the Torah says to treat slaves – I mean the Rubashkins treat these poor people like slaves in the pre-Civil War South.
The Rubashkins – who are, despite the overwhelming evidence against them still honored members of the Chabad-Lubavitch community – along with all the rabbis and hangers on who covered for them all these years should be immediately spit out of the Jewish community.
Will they be?
Of course not.