Like our subject says we won’t get political, but in my reading I came across an excellent article about the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raid on a plant in Morristown, Tennessee. We have spoken about this before in reference to The Liabilities of Undocumented Labor?  That was 10 years ago, some things never change.


Don't Get Political

In Put the applause on ICE Meatingplace blogger Tom Johnston wrote,

The ICE raid last week on Southeastern Provision in Tennessee means a couple disturbing things. One, I’m getting old; the last sizeable ICE raid I recall occurred in December 2006, my first month on the job here at Meatingplace. That’s when the agency rounded up some 1,200 workers from six Swift & Co. (now JBS) plants on charges of illegal immigration. Two, the whole immigration issue also is getting old.

Anyone in the meat industry applauding the government’s big-splash roundups of hardworking people looking for a better life and ridiculing a fellow employer alleged to have hired those people illegally, must be doing so at least partly out of the convenience that this hasn’t happened to them. At least not yet.

As the diminished unemployment rate of 4.1% shows most of the available documented workers have been eaten up. Undocumented workers are not moving into the US for jobs, because they are frightened of the eventual banishment from this country. As Mr. Johnston goes on to write,

Without immigration reform, without a way for those who are willing to do the work and do so legally and for meatpackers to source from a larger pool of legal workers, conditions for this type of turbulence won’t change. I’m not confident that immigration reform, whatever that will be and if it ever happens, will change them either, at least not in an industry predicated on disassembling an animal largely by hand.

In past issues we talked about the role of automation and how as the existing labor force ages (baby boomers like myself), the desire to fill those tough jobs will continue to diminish as we spoke about in Who will survive? The need to automate is clear to all our protein guys because the labor force at the dirty job end will only continue to be reduced as the caption below says...






Issue 643 - Blocking and Tackling Revisited

I have decided to get away from all this technology discussion and dust off the archives from 11 years ago in the interest of getting back to basics. My longtime readers remember about blocking and tackling, Vince Lomabardi taught us what that meant. Making more bottom line profit is about the basics.

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