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  • Agri fends off Obama, Iowa governor

    Presidential hopeful Barack Obama jumped into the fray over Agriprocessors yesterday by slamming the company for hiring underage workers (more on that here). Coming on the eve of the DNC convention in Denver, the comment predictably got a lot of attention. But it followed a far lengthier and more damning appraisal of the company by… More ▸

  • Postville kosher supervisor denies report of walkout

    The top kosher supervisor at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Rabbi Menachem Weissmandl, is denying reports that some of his rabbis staged a walkout yesterday in frustration over reduced pay. The Jewish Star reports that Weissmandl “denied emphatically” that the rabbis “staged any sort of job action Wednesday.” Weissmandl admits, however, the essential details of… More ▸

  • Agriprocessors walkout

    News out of Postville today was that kosher supervisors at Agriprocessors, upset by fewer shifts and reduced pay, had staged a walkout. Though we were unable to get in touch with any supervisors, the company has more or less confirmed the essential details of the story. Our brief on the subject is here. What’s clear… More ▸

  • Agri troubles in Brooklyn, too

    The Forward’s Nathaniel Popper, who broke the story of alleged worker mistreatment at the Agriprocessors plant in Iowa in 2006, followed up today with an important story about a unionization struggle at the company’s Brooklyn warehouse. Aside from reports of additional alleged company shenanigans, the story notes that Agri challenged a vote in favor of… More ▸

  • Eliezrie on Agri

    Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie, a Chabad rabbi from California and one of the rabbis who visited Agriprocessors’ Postville plant last month, had a piece in yesterday’s Jerusalem Post about his visit. As several people have pointed out, the piece resembles another op-ed on the subject that appeared in the St. Louis Jewish Light. A point by… More ▸

  • Agri saga continues in the Times

    It took more than a week, but the Times today printed six responses to last week’s op-ed by Shmuel Herzfeld criticizing the responses of the major Orthodox groups and calling for a rabbinic investigation of the kosher producer Agriprocessors. Not surprisingly, opinion roughly divides between the rabbis and everyone else. The Orthodox Union and the… More ▸

  • Herzfeld v. Lewin, Round 2

    Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld (he of NYTimes Op-Ed fame) and his congregant Nat Lewin (famed attorney and Agriprocessors defender) are having a little intra-shul spat over the ethics of kosher slaughter. Lewin called Herzfeld a “vigilante” in his response to Herzfeld’s Times article and described his reasoning there as “fallacious.” Now Herzfeld is back for another… More ▸

  • Lewin: Herzfeld assertions are fallacious

    Nat Lewin, the Washington attorney representing Agriprocessors, just sent us a response to Shmuel Herfzeld’s New York Times op-ed last week. Read the response after the jump. REPLY TO RABBI SHMUEL HERZFELD by Nathan Lewin In a front-page article asserting that minors had been hired to work in an Iowa kosher meat-packing plant and in… More ▸

  • More on Agriprocessors: Child labor allegations and company response

    It seemed for a while things might have quieted on the Postville front, but the past few days have brought a flood of new information. Let’s briefly recap: Yesterday the Iowa labor commissioner referred 57 allegations of child labor violations to the state attorney general, calling the violations “egregious” and recommending they be prosecuted “to… More ▸