The very bad boys of the Rubashkin family just keep giving.
Agriprocessors has refused to recognize its employees' vote to unionize. It has appealed the National Labor Relations Board decisions ordering Agriprocessors to recognize the union, losing each appeal, as reported here 8 months ago. Agriprocessors is now appealing to the Supreme Court in what is clearly a delaying tactic – the Supreme Court is unlikely to hear Agriprocessors' appeal because it clearly has no merit.
Meanwhile, read all about the men who ship your "glatt kosher" meat:
…The brown-brick meat market in Brooklyn also houses two other kosher meat distributors, Eastern Meats and International Glatt Kosher Meats. Both of these companies have a unionized work force that has health care benefits, paid sick time and a starting salary above the minimum wage.
“Every job has its downside,” said Dave Young, regional organizing director for United Food and Commercial Workers. “But for the most part, International is a decent place to work. The workers have been there for years. It doesn’t have to be like it is at Agri.”
A clearer picture of life inside the plant arises from conversations with people who know the company and from documents surrounding the court case. The basic grievances were summed up in a flier handed out during the strike.…
Pay stub information compiled by the union suggest that in late 2005, workers were being paid $6.50 or $7 an hour with no benefits. At the time, the minimum wage in New York State was $6 an hour. It is now $7.15.
Organizers for the UFCW, showed up in 2005 and began talking to the workers. Employees from that time told the Forward that managers quickly tried to stop them from interacting with the union representatives.
“I heard that whoever would sign the papers would get fired; that’s when I moved to get another job,”…
A few weeks after the election, the union filed a complaint that the company had fired the employee who had been the union’s election observer.…
The above quotes are a small piece of the much larger Forward exposé written by news editor Nathaniel Popper.