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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 05:34 PM
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520 Plant Employees Await Layoff Decision (Iowa)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Workers at a Des Moines pork-processing plant say half of its 520 employees are expected to lose their jobs when the plant is sold next week.

Officials say that Pine Ridge Farms, based in Kansas City, will purchase the assets of Iowa Packing Company -- located at 1801 Maury in Des Moines -- along with ForeSure Transport, a Des Moines trucking operation, and a Missouri meat-processing plant.

Workers at the Des Moines plant say they have heard that all employees will be laid off and about half will be rehired. Workers expect to learn Saturday who will be rehired. They were told that at least one of the plant's slaughter operations would close.

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http://www.theomahachannel.com/money/2783796/detail.htm...
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 05:44 PM
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1. But the punchline of the article was...
"...Farmers who sell to the plant said they were told the new owners intend to increase slaughter numbers -- possibly doubling them."

So Bush can add this to his "let me explain how economics works...buy some ribs" comedy routine he performed in New Mexico yesterday:

1). Buy the meat packing plant
2). Fire all of the workers
3). Hire half of them back
4). Double processing

Twice the work, done by half as many workers, most likely at lower wages, profitability goes up, Bush shoots, he scores.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 06:12 PM
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3. new jobs for the illegals.
Edited on Fri Jan-23-04 06:13 PM by rchsod
this is why bush backers want the mexicans to be "citizens" they work cheaper and don`t (for the most part) know any english. you can screw these guys over and they don`t complain....
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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 05:54 PM
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2. Look at that *Bush job machine go!
(You know the rest) There the jobs go!
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candy331 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 07:07 PM
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4. Maybe they will think harder with their votes in November n/t
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