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sent recruiters to Eagle Pass, Texas, near the Mexican border, promising steady work and housing. The recruiters hired thirty-nine people,
rented a bus, drove the new workers from Texas to Minnesota, and then dropped them off across the street from People Serving People, a
homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis. Because the workers had no money, the shelter agreed to house them. GFI America offered to
pay the facility $17 for each worker and to donate some free hamburgers, but the offer was declined. The company’s plan to use a homeless
shelter as worker housing soon backfired. Most of the new recruits refused to stay at the shelter; they had been promised rental apartments
and now felt tricked and misled. The story was soon picked up by the local media. Advocates for the homeless were especially angry about
GFI America’s attempt to misuse the largest homeless shelter in Minneapolis. “Our job is not to provide subsidies to corporations that are
importing low-cost labor,” said a county official.
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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