Rubashkins Charged With Using Child Labor

Barry emails:

Why do we eat Kosher? – because G-d said so, because we ‘answer to a higher authority’. Well, the Agriprocessors and Rabashkin’s answer to an even higher authority – the almight dollar. Now they will all answer to a Judge to sort everything out. I hope they all get screwed.

They are a "chilul Hashem" and every Jew should boycott Rabashkins and anything else from Agriprocessors. I will no longer buy Rabashkins – and unfortunately that includes some items from Pico Kosher Deli (which uses Rabashkins).

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa attorney general’s office filed child labor charges Tuesday against the owner and managers of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant, the site of one of the nation’s largest workplace immigration raids.

The complaint alleges more than 9,000 violations of Iowa’s child labor law at the plant in Postville, saying the violations involved 32 children under age 18, including seven who were younger than 16.

An affidavit said children were exposed to dry ice and chlorine solutions and were operating conveyor belts, meat grinders, circular saws, power washers and power shears.

The attorney general’s office said the violations occurred from Sept. 9, 2007, to May 12, 2008, when the plant was raided by federal immigration agents.

Nearly 400 people were arrested in the raid, making it one of the largest single-site raids in U.S. history.

Charged are plant owner Abraham Aaron Rubashkin; former plant manager Sholom Rubashkin; human resources manager Elizabeth Billmeyer; and Laura Althouse and Karina Freund, management employees in the company’s human resources division.

"All of the named individual defendants possessed shared knowledge that Agriprocessors employed undocumented aliens. It was likewise shared knowledge among the defendants that many of those workers were minors," the affidavit said.

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