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    UFCW Critizes CIS Study Linking Raid = Wage Increases

    For Immediate Release: Media Contact:
    March 19, 2009 Scott Frotman 202-466-1537

    NEW CIS STUDY DEMONSTRATES A COMPLETE LACK OF
    KNOWLEDGE ABOUT MEATPACKING INDUSTRY

    UFCW cites serious flaws in group’s analysis of historical industry data and
    finds its conclusion about Swift raids absurd

    The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest meatpacking and processing union in North America, released the following statement today in response to serious flaws in a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) regarding immigration enforcement efforts at meatpacking facilities:

    “Mark Twain once noted, ‘Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.’ This new report by the Center for Immigration Studies is a case study in the misinterpretation and manipulation of data to reach a totally biased and flawed conclusion.

    “The report demonstrates a complete lack of understanding about the history of the meatpacking industry. Throughout history, immigrants from across the globe have helped strengthen the U.S. meatpacking industry by organizing around increased wages and improved industry standards.

    “During the 1980’s, consolidation, mergers and company induced strikes helped drive down wages. Employers forced workers onto the streets to fight unacceptable concessions. . During the strikes, companies aggressively recruited strike breakers—who were not immigrants but individuals who came from the decimated farm industry—to cross the picket lines. Many of these workers soon realized that the jobs were too difficult, particularly at the wages companies were offering, and they left the industry. But the damage was done. Ever since that time, the UFCW has been fighting to rebuild wages and standards for these jobs.

    “In the case of Swift, the UFCW had negotiated wage increases prior to the raid. This fact disproves CIS’central argument that wages and benefits increased as a result of a change in workforce at the plant.

    “In addition to these historical inaccuracies, the CIS report fails to address the devastating impact that the Swift raid had on thousands of workers – both immigrant and native born. In the aftermath of the raid, the UFCW documented numerous examples of racial profiling, U.S. citizens harassed and detained by armed agents and a sheer disregard for the constitutional rights of workers.

    “The UFCW filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of these raids and formed a commission to examine the ramification of ICE raids, including Swift. A report documenting the commission’s findings will be made public in the next few months.

    “The raids at Swift, and across the country, have done nothing to protect workers or to raise standards in our industries. They have done nothing to address our broken immigration system.. They have been a complete travesty of justice.

    “If our immigration system is going to work for the benefit and betterment of our nation it is critical that our laws are upheld. That applies to both immigrant workers and government agents. If the last eight years have shown us anything, it is that enforcement- only strategies do not work. Yes, we need enforcement, but to truly reform our immigration system, we need to address trade relationships, workforce needs, family unification, legalization, workers’ rights and living standards, and 12 million undocumented individuals suspended on the edge of hope. And we need to do it in a comprehensive manner.

    “The enforcement- only stance routinely endorsed by CIS is a short-sighted view that fails to take into account our larger national interest. It is as if they worked backwards on this report. They started from their rigid immigration stance and tried to make the facts fit their view. The problem is that it doesn’t add up. It is basically 16 pages of unproductive scapegoating, cherry picked quotes, and historical misinterpretations.

    “The irony is that if you take an objective look at the data being presented, free of the author’s slanted view, it makes a pretty clear and compelling case for comprehensive immigration reform.

    “There is the saying that you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig. Well, you can seek out a respected journalist to write a report for the Center for Immigration Studies, but at the end of the day you end up with the same old, tired, anti-immigrant extremist drivel.

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    ...blah,blah,blah...

    People in this country would probably be a lot healthier if they didn't eat so much meat, anyway.
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    and a sheer disregard for the constitutional rights of workers.

    Funny how when the constitutional rights are dismissed by our elected , That's alright . What about MY constitutional rights ?

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    “The raids at Swift, and across the country, have done nothing to protect workers or to raise standards in our industries. They have done nothing to address our broken immigration system.. They have been a complete travesty of justice.
    The raids at Swift put Americans back to work. How can that be called a "travesty of justice"?

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