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Worker Suit Vs. Tyson Now Class Action
AP ^ | 10/12/6 | BILL POOVEY

Posted on 10/12/2006 2:03:15 PM PDT by SmithL

A federal judge granted class action status to a lawsuit that contends Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer, depressed wages by hiring illegal immigrants at eight plants in Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Texas and Virginia.

Howard W. Foster of Chicago, an attorney for Tyson employees, described the ruling as a "very big step," allowing him to seek damages for thousands of workers at the eight plants instead of just the four original plaintiffs.

Roger Dickson of Chattanooga, an attorney for the Springdale, Ark., based company, said he had not had a chance to read the judge's order and declined further comment.

"This is a procedural ruling and not based on the merits of this case, which was actually dismissed by another judge back in 2002," Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said in an e-mail statement. "We remain confident our company will ultimately prevail."

U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier's order issued Tuesday also scheduled a Jan. 29 conference with attorneys where it is expected he will set a trial date.

A federal jury in March 2003 acquitted the company and three former managers of conspiring to hire illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America for low-wage production jobs to boost profits. Two former Tyson managers who made plea deals were each sentenced to one year of probation.

The acquittal dealt a setback to the government's strategy of enforcing immigration laws by going after big business.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: illegalaliens

1 posted on 10/12/2006 2:03:16 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

This wins, and the other big violators will be scared enough to maybe behave a little.


2 posted on 10/12/2006 2:04:26 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: SmithL

being from central mississippi, i can say that the chicken plants (including tyson) are notorious for being among the first to bring in illegals in large numbers to work in their plants in MS.


3 posted on 10/12/2006 2:04:51 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: SmithL

Close the plants down and put all these people out of work.

I guarantee that the minute Tyson announces a closing, this suit goes away.


4 posted on 10/12/2006 2:05:02 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Murtha is even cutting and running from a debate.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Wouldn't that make them want to sue more?


5 posted on 10/12/2006 2:08:33 PM PDT by Gradient Vector
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To: dogbyte12

Will never win. Tyson big Clinto9n backers.


6 posted on 10/12/2006 2:12:26 PM PDT by gunnedah
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To: Gradient Vector

"Wouldn't that make them want to sue more?"

For what? To get their jobs back? This is a union deal. The union is fighting this. The union is suing. The union is costing the company millions.

Cheaper to shut the plant or move it overseas.



7 posted on 10/12/2006 2:13:42 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Murtha is even cutting and running from a debate.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
How about they just hit Tyson execs with a RICO suit.

L

8 posted on 10/12/2006 2:37:15 PM PDT by Lurker (Fear is the inspiration for stupidity.)
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To: Lurker

Yeah. I guess union workers will have to do those jobs that they don't want to do.


9 posted on 10/12/2006 2:47:17 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Murtha is even cutting and running from a debate.)
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To: SmithL

Can you say Gainesville, Ga?


10 posted on 10/12/2006 2:55:00 PM PDT by doodad
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To: EQAndyBuzz
I suppose just hiring lawful workers is right out of the question.

L

11 posted on 10/12/2006 2:56:34 PM PDT by Lurker (Fear is the inspiration for stupidity.)
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To: SmithL
LENDERS OF $100,000 TO PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL COMMITTEE 1993:(Clinton)

Tyson Foods. (Source openSecrets.org)

Tyson Foods executive Archie Schaffer was convicted for bribery by Independent Counsel Donald Smaltz in re Espy.(Pardoned by Clinton).

Tyson Foods = Clinton Stooges..

12 posted on 10/12/2006 2:58:52 PM PDT by Post-Neolithic
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To: WoofDog123

Last time I visited NW Arkansas (Springdale area) it looked like little Mexico. You see all these old school buses with painted out windows driving the illegals to the chicken processing plants.

I do not buy anything from Tyson. Years ago the plants were known for being really dirty. I'm sure they aren't any better now that they are full of illegals.

Then there's the issue of dirty money going to Clinton. I hope they get slammed, but I really doubt they will.


13 posted on 10/12/2006 3:11:03 PM PDT by Evie Munchkin (Democrats - party of death)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

If a company needs to bring in ILLEGALS to make ends meet, then it does not deserve to be in business.


14 posted on 10/12/2006 3:17:51 PM PDT by RFT1
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To: Evie Munchkin
DITTO I will never do business with Tyson or it subsidary companies. They should be shut down and assests sold off for the wholesale importation of illegals - to have them work in slave like conditions.

Any one remeber the 1991 chicken plant where workers died because fire doors were chained shut?

"According to official reports, twenty-five (25) people died and another fourty-nine (49) were injuried as the result of a fire in the Imperial chicken processing plant in Hamlet, North Carolina yesterday. Witnesses, at the scene, described panicked workers as screaming, "Let me out!....Let me out!", as they tried to kick open doors that were reportedly padlocked by the plant management to prevent vandalism and theft. Footprint indentations were evident on the inside of at least one door, that was seen to be locked from the outside."

15 posted on 10/12/2006 3:27:46 PM PDT by ASOC (The phrase "What if" or "If only" are for children.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Nothing like fresh chicken from China...I don't think so.

What should happen is that the price of chicken should rise to cover lawful wages. I'm prepared for that, and I don't mind.

16 posted on 10/12/2006 3:32:18 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: SmithL

Tyson chickens are smaller than Purdue's, and have more fat on them. You don't get your money's worth with Tyson.

I rather buy a nice *tasty* ovenstuffer, and have leftovers.

I'm pro big business, but I'll cast my dollar "votes" for a good chicken untouched by illegals.


17 posted on 10/12/2006 5:25:05 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: Mamzelle

That fresh chicken from China, might actually be a street pigeon. I read something a while back that pigeons have actually learned that its unsafe for them to land over the Chinese border.


18 posted on 10/12/2006 5:28:46 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: Lauren BaRecall

Purdue is hard to find--I remember Purdue, in his white Mercedes, getting tickets for speeding on the Eastern Shore. He paid for a lot of tickets, nobody let him off the hook, but he never slowed down.


19 posted on 10/12/2006 5:35:13 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

You're talking about Frank "it takes a tough man to make a tender chicken" Perdue?


20 posted on 10/12/2006 6:21:26 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: Mamzelle

How about fresh chicken from Mexico?

Look, jobs that Americans should do that they won't are taken by illegals. Cleaning a hotel room, or working in a kitchen or even shoveling chicken guts is available for people to do. Bottom line is they wont, so who will?

I am not endorsing illegals working in the US. If Americans won't clean toilets, who will? And if illegals are willing to do it, you have some choices to make.

We have been screaming close the border and I agree. However, we also have several million people here illegally, many doing jobs Americans just won't do.

No one wants to weigh the cost of shutting all these American run businesses down. Because that will also put people out of work, mostly Americans. It's a problem, now it's time to come up with a solution.

Giving 11 million illegals amnesty is not the answer, neith is throwing everyone out. There has to be a compromise.


21 posted on 10/12/2006 6:24:23 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Murtha is even cutting and running from a debate.)
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