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  • This week in Postville

    We’re a little overdue for an Agriprocessors update, and as always, there’s some choice nuggets to report. Bruce Braley, the Iowa Democrat whose district includes part of Postville, made a pointed statement on the Agriprocessors situation, saying the company shouldn’t get any more second chances. Braley was responding to an inquiry concerning Iowa’s decision to… More ▸

  • Conservative rabbi visits Postville

    Rabbi Morris Allen, project director of the Conservative movement’s hekhsher tzedek initiative, made a quiet visit to Postville two weeks ago to talk to some of the workers he’d met on his previous visits in 2007 and ’06. He went with his 19-year-old daughter, not as a representative of his movement, but just to show… More ▸

  • Former prosecutor to help Agriprocessors on compliance

    Just got this announcement from Agriprocessors’ spokesperson: As part of the ongoing effort to enhance compliance with immigration and employment law, Agriprocessors has retained Jim Martin and his compliance specialty group, The Prevene Group, as the company’s outside Corporate Compliance Officer. Martin, a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, will begin his… More ▸

  • Let them eat cake

    That’s what many Jewish Shabbos tables will be serving this week if the reports we’re hearing about the kosher meat supply turn out to be true. But first … Late yesterday we heard that a bunch of Jewish bigs had signed on to the Uri L’tzedek petition, which vows a boycott June 15 if Agriprocessors… More ▸

  • Aaron and Me

    After my frustrating experience with Sholom Rubashkin in Postville, I thought it unlikely that I’d have much more luck with his father Aaron. The elder Rubashkin still runs the original family butcher shop on 14th Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood Borough Park. Rubashkin opened the shop in 1953, the same year he emigrated from Russia,… More ▸

  • More on Agriprocessors

    Couple of interesting developments on the Agriprocessors front today. First, my interview with Aaron Rubashkin went live on the site this afternoon, the first response from any Agriprocessors’ official since this story first broke May 12. I’ll have more on that interview tomorrow. Second, we learned about the launch of Postville Voices, a new blog… More ▸

  • Did the OU push Sholom Rubashkin out?

    That’s what the Jewish Star is claiming: It is at the insistence of the Orthodox Union that Sholom Rubashkin is to be replaced as chief executive officer of Agriprocessors, the kosher meatpacking giant his father, Aaron Rubashkin, founded, The Jewish Starhas learned. “We have said that if there were criminal culpability that we would withdraw… More ▸

  • Sholom and me

    Late last week, Agriprocessors’ owner Aaron Rubashkin announced that he would be replacing his son Sholom as company CEO. This was not totally unexpected. A source close to the family told me he had recommended turning the plant over to professional management and that Aaron had seemed open to the idea. But during my five… More ▸

  • Jewish Labor Committee: Boycott Agriprocessors

    The Jewish Labor Committee is calling for a boycott of Agriprocessors, and says the recent federal raid “buttresses the conviction shared by many undocumented workers that our government is not only indifferent to worker abuse, but works in collusion with management to penalize workers who challenge it.” Here’s the JLC’s full statement: Jewish Labor Committee… More ▸

  • The Conservative movement: We ‘request’ that you think about not eating Rubashkin products

    We’re told that a few Conservative rabbis wanted their movement to declare a boycott of Agriprocessors. Instead, the Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism issued a “request”: “that consumers of kosher meat evaluate whether it is appropriate to buy and eat meat products produced by the Rubashkin’s label.” Here’s the full statement:… More ▸