Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pacific Steel Back In The News

And another example of the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty. The Vice-President of the union at Pacific Steel, the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics, and Allied Workers International Union, Ignacio De La Fuente, was exposed previously for aiding and abetting illegal immigration earlier in the year. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit of Pacific Steel has ended with over 200 illegal aliens fired, but no arrests by the useless ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

ABC 7 December 18, 2011 Sergio Quintana (I wonder how he got this assignment. Talk about contributions to sterotypes.)

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- Over the last few months, an East Bay steel company has been shedding about a third of its work force and it's not because of the economy. Pacific Steel was served with what immigrant advocates call a "silent raid." The company was audited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to find out how many employees did not have proper work documents.

A spokesperson for Pacific Steel told ABC7 they have been able to slowly replace most of the employees they were forced to fire. Many of those employees have been with the company for years, even decades. Now, those employees are trying to figure out what to do after being let go.

And they are still here, free to find other employment or go on welfare:

Among those who have been fired, was Juan Zaragoza, who has been with pacific steel for 21 years. He said he was told he is no longer eligible to work at the company. David DeHerrera has been with Pacific Steel for 12 years and has two weeks to get his documents in order -- something he knows he cannot do. He says leaving the country is not an option.

"For us it's practically impossible to go back to Mexico because the situation in Mexico is not good," said DeHerrera.

DeHerrera has three children who were born in the U.S. He says they are the major reason why he will stay in the Bay Area.

His 14-year-old daughter worries about having to leave. She said, "I've never actually been in Mexico, I've only been there when I was a baby, so I have no memories whatsoever. I'm not sure how it's going to be over there."

And, guess what? They are suing. It appears that one of the reasons that Pacific Steel hired with a wink and a nudge was that they felt free to violate various labor regulations:

San Jose Mercury News December 23, 2011 by Matt O'Brien and Hannah Dreier

Capping off a tough year for one of the nation's largest steel casting companies, a former employee at Pacific Steel filed a $31 million class-action lawsuit against the Berkeley foundry Friday.

Roberto "Bobby" Rodriguez is suing the company in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of about 1,000 current and former workers he says have not been getting timely meal and rest breaks.

But it was the firing of about 200 workers this holiday season -- a third of the plant's workforce -- that inspired him to take a stand, he said. The company has said it was forced to fire the workers after a federal immigration audit that began in February found dozens of its workers are suspected of being in the country illegally...

California law requires a 30-minute meal within each five hours of work, but Tim Rumberger, Rodriguez's lawyer, said Pacific Steel workers have been regularly scheduled to work 6½ hours or more without a meal break.

The lawsuit demands an hour of pay for every day without a timely meal break for the past four years -- amounting to about $20,000 in damages per worker, Rumberger said.

Great reward for working illegally. And you get to remain in the U.S. courtesy of Barak Hussein Obama and John Morton.

Also of interest is this little gem:

A spokesperson for Pacific Steel told ABC7 they have been able to slowly replace most of the employees they were forced to fire.

Apparently these were jobs Americans would do.


cemott3rd said...

20+ years of this being allowed and you're blaming Obama?!? How about the US Chamber of Commerce since they lobbied to have a provision to hold employers accountable for hiring illegals struck from the 1986 Immigration Reform Act?

Federale said...

Read the blog regularly and my posts on VDare and you see that I have described the administrative amnesty as beginning with GHW Bush. But Obama has ended the arrest of most illegals in the United States.