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2/15: Smithfield Workers Need Our Support
Released 15 February 2007  By Kim Bobo - Interfaith Workers Justice

2/15: Smithfield Workers Need Our Support

On Wednesday, January 24, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 21 Smithfield workers from the Tar Heel, North Carolina plant pork processing plant.

Despite tremendous odds, Smithfield workers have been courageously struggling for justice in their workplace for over a decade. Instead of addressing workers' concerns, Smithfield is waging an aggressive anti-union campaign that uses workers' documentation status against them. The arrests came on the heels of the company's announcement that it will fire up to 600 people in the coming weeks, primarily those who walked out in protest last November over the firings of fellow employees for alleged problems with social security mismatches. On a regular basis, workers are fired after being injured and in January were threatened with possible termination for demanding the right to observe Martin Luther King's birthday as a holiday.

Smithfield workers need our support.

The arrests and threatened firings have created a climate of fear throughout the workforce, as well as the entire Tar Heel community. IWJ is creating a "Smithfield Worker Justice Fund" to provide financial support to the workers who lose their jobs or face deportation as a result of the company's actions.

Please donate to the Smithfield Worker Justice Fund today

and pray for the workers who are standing strong in the face of such appalling injustice. Thank you for your concern.


Kim Bobo
Executive Director
Interfaith Workers Justice

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