Agriprocessors charged with over 9000 child labor law violations
Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 18:21
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.If many on the left - including national Democrats - had had their way, there would have been no raid. While there were several investigations under way at the time of the raid, some or all could have come to little, and the abuses might have continued with the investigations were underway. For more on this issue, see the links at the end of this post.
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.