PALAUANS DISCOURAGED FROM TAKING IOWA JOBS

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Illegal aliens arrested in raid at meat packing plant

By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Aug. Sept.3, 2008) — A labor union in America has sent a letter to Palau government officials regarding problems at a meatpacking plant in Iowa.

Earlier, Koror-based recruiter said that there are [some] Palauans preparing to fly to Iowa to work for Agriprocessors.

According to a report from Des Moines Register, the United Food and Commercial Workers sent a letter to Palau about the working conditions in the plant.

Webster Franz earlier said that there are 100 applicants for the job which will pay the workers at least $10 per hour.

Agriprocessors was earlier reported raided by United State immigration federal agents in May.

Reports said that in the raid there were nearly 400 workers were arrested and most of whom are illegal immigrants from Guatemala or Mexico.

Franz in earlier interview with Horizon said that Palauan workers can work and stay legally in [the U.S.] under the Compact of Free Association provision with the U.S.

Then they came in contact with Agriprocessors who he said have agreed to assist the workers in paying for the plane tickets.

Des Moines Register however reported that a company spokesman denied that the company agreed to assist in paying the workers’ tickets.

Franz said he will accompany the workers to Iowa to ensure that the job will be satisfactory and to check the situation.

The union said that the workers might get to Postville and learn of the atrocious condition.

Franz however said the Palauan workers have always the option to look for another job in the United States.

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