Slaughterhouse Shuts Down


The meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, where 32 children and hundreds of  undocumented  workers were  found to be working in illegal, dangerous conditions filed for bankruptcy in November. The company received a $10 million fine from the state labor authorities for 9,311 violations of child-labor laws. Iowa authorities have also brought criminal charges against the managers of the company. The violations were uncovered in May, when the federal government arrested nearly 400 undocumented immigrant workers at the plant. Many had been paid less than minimum wage to work long hours in dangerous conditions.

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