When law, religion, manufacturing collide
Protest at kosher meat-packing plant focuses on immigration issues, but working conditions also a concern
The New York Times reported Sunday about a protest at a Postville, IA kosher meat-packing plant . The protest, led by Jewish and Catholic religious officials, immigration reform activists and Hispanic community leaders, protested the recent detaining of almost 400 illegal immigrants, most from Guatemala. Beyond the immigration issue, however, were complaints of poor working conditions at the Agriprocessors facility , the nation’s largest kosher meat processor, and calls for additional safety and machine training of all workers at the facility. Jewish leaders have criticized working conditions at the plant, and questioned whether the working conditions should cause Jews to reconsider buying heat and poultry processed at the facility. A counter-protest by those opposed to providing amnesty for illegal immigrants was also held, but no incidents were reported.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey