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Unformatted text preview: the grain seem of lower quality in order to pay less for it. After buying the grain at an unfair price,
ConAgra employees sprayed water on it and thereby fraudulently increased its weight, then sold it and cheated customers. the new industrial migrants
HAVING BROKEN THE UNION at the Greeley slaughterhouse, Monfort began to employ a different sort of worker there: recent immigrants, many of them illegals. In the 1980s large numbers of young men and women from Mexico, Central America, and Southeast Asia started traveling to
rural Colorado. Meatpacking jobs that had once provided a middle-class American life now offered little more than poverty wages. Instead of
a waiting list, the slaughterhouse seemed to acquire a revolving door, as Monfort plowed through new hires to fill the roughly nine hundred
jobs. During one eighteen-month period, more than five thousand different people were employed at the Greeley beef plant — an annual turnover rate of about 400 percent. The average worker quit or was fired every three months.
Today, roughly two-thirds of the workers at the beef plant in Greeley cannot speak English. M...
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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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