Friday, May 30, 2008

Iowa Labor Services Buckle To Agriprocessors

Amount Of Fines Reduced From $182,000 to $42,750

The state has agreed to reduce by three-fourths a fine against the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville for violations of workplace safety regulations.

On May 12, Agriprocessors was the site of the largest single-site immigration raid in U.S. history. Nearly 400 workers were detained.

Nearly two months earlier, on March 20, the Iowa Division of Labor Services said it was citing the plant for 39 violations of workplace safety rules.

The agency proposed a fine of $182,000. The sanctions were based on inspections that took place in October 2007 and February 2008.
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