Easy to have a knee-jerk. :-)
This has been going on with Tyson for years. The current mess is just a continuation of an ongoing situation.
The recent plant closings in the town just make matters worse.
How to stop this, I haven’t a clue. Apparently the city gov’t. doesn’t have a clue either.
There was a time when companies would actively recruit employees from the local community. I once had a girlfriend who’s father worked only one job in his whole life. Our power company sent representatives to his high school graduation and handed out job applications.
I have a BIL that works for Tyson in WI. He manages the feed lots for all of those force-fed, rapidly raised and then butter-injected roasters that end up on our dinner plates.
I’ve been buying local roasters from the Amish for years. $10 will get you a roaster the size of a Thanksgiving Turkey and you’ll eat off of it for a week or more. And then soup! (It’s the breed, not the feed).
I guess I could pay $6 for a wimpy Tyson bird; I choose not to. :)
However, I’d love nothing MORE than to see Americans get these jobs over illegals. But then, do they KNOW what raising and processing chickens entails? Not sure I’d want to do it for a living, LOL!
Tennessee? Who’d a thunk it... /sarc