It only took Swift & Company five months to find nearly 1,000 legal workers in this country to replace the 1,300+ illegal aliens that were rounded up in ICE raids back in December, 2006. Most of the jobs were taken by March. Swift & Company offered better wages and benefits to attract legal workers.
What does this tell us? It tells us that there are Americans willing to do the jobs that illegal aliens are taking and that companies like Swift & Company are simply using illegal aliens to drive down wages and provide less benefits.
We all knew this of course, it was obvious, but to see it in actual reality totally destroys any comments ever again that there are "jobs Americans won't do" and that illegal aliens are not taking jobs from American and legal resident workers.
So far no Swift executives have been charged and probably won't be. That just goes to show that our government still is not serious about cracking down on employers of illegal aliens. You can hire a thousand illegal aliens and get nothing but a slap on the wrist. Some of the illegal aliens were "caught and released" on bail. The United Way also came out to help illegal aliens after the raids. Unfortunately not many people came out for the American workers who weren't hired at those plants over the years.
Swift & Company today reported its return to standard staffing levels at all four domestic beef processing facilities after the detention and removal, on December 12, 2006, of approximately 950 Swift Beef employees ... The December 2006 ICE event also involved two Swift Pork processing facilities. As the Company announced on April 10, 2007, Swift's domestic pork operations returned to normal levels in March 2007. ICE detained and removed a total of nearly 1,300 Swift Beef and Swift Pork employees during the December 2006 event.
"I'm pleased to report that all four of Swift's domestic beef plants are now at or above standard staffing levels," said Sam Rovit, Swift & Company's president and chief executive officer. "We are now working diligently to train our new team members to accelerate the return of our beef facilities to full production capacity."
Swift & Company today also reported a revised financial impact estimate of the December 2006 ICE event of $45 million to $50 million for its fiscal year ending May 27, 2007.
"Our original estimate of the cost of the December 2006 ICE event and its aftermath was $30 million," said Ray Silcock, Swift & Company's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "This comprised approximately $20 million in lost earnings and $10 million in increased recruiting and training costs. Of the $30 million, $5 million was from Swift Pork and $25 million from Swift Beef."
I'm also guessing that some of those "revised expenses" are due to the fact that they actually have to pay a legitimate wage and benefits to their workers.
Swift & Company faces lawsuits from former workers for their wages being driven down by the employment of illegal aliens.
Tipped by: Freedom Folks who point out that hundreds of those illegal aliens not only took jobs from American workers, but also stole the identity and Social Security Numbers of other Americans and destroyed their credit and made those Americans have to be confronted by the IRS over their "extra income" they didn't report.
Wow, those illegal aliens are just such nice people!